Are Veneers Permanent? 

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can upgrade someone’s smile in just a few appointments.

The procedure is a great option to address a variety of dental concerns, such as:

  • Badly stained teeth
  • Severe discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Irregularly-sized teeth
  • Minor chips or cracks
  • Some issues with tooth alignment, etc.

If you are interested in getting veneers, then you're likely wondering how long your new smile will last.

Find out the answer in this short blog post from Coronado Dental Associates.

Are Veneers a Permanent Procedure?

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that gets bonded to the natural surface of the tooth. For the veneers to properly bond to the tooth, the dentist will have to shave a bit of the tooth’s natural enamel to create a slightly rough texture.

The procedure itself won’t cause any damage or changes to the tooth’s health. You will not experience heightened sensitivity or weaker teeth, since the amount of enamel shaved is really small. In fact, some types of veneers are so thin that they can even require no enamel shaving at all, such as Lumineers.

But because enamel does not grow back, getting veneers is a permanent procedure. You will not be able to go back to your natural smile once you get them.

Lumineers, on the other hand, are usually reversible, and they may be a more comfortable option for patients unsure if they want to commit to veneers.

Permanent Procedure, But Not Indestructible

Though veneers are a permanent procedure, they will still require good oral hygiene habits in order to keep them looking great.

Veneers can chip or even break due to:

  • Tooth grinding
  • Chewing on hard objects
  • Eating hard foods
  • Opening packages with your teeth
  • Regular wear and tear

With the right maintenance, veneers can last for a long time. Some patients enjoy their new smile for up to 10-15 years, possibly even more. If veneers get damaged, you will need to get them replaced.

How to Maintain Veneers

All you need to do to take care of veneers is to practice good oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day
  • Floss daily
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods or objects
  • See the dentist for routine appointments

Not only will this help you maintain your veneers, but your natural teeth will be protected as well. Remember, veneers only cover the front layer of the tooth, meaning the rest is still exposed to food and harmful bacteria. 

Interested in Veneers?

Dr. Melanie Villalobos and Dr. Margaret Meadows are here to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Find out if veneers or Lumineers are the right treatment for you by booking an appointment at Coronado Dental Associates online.

For more information about our services, call our office at (619) 435-0844 for a short chat.

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