Are Veneers Permanent?

Thinking about getting veneers? They are a great option for upgrading the look of your smile with a relatively short and simple process. However, it’s important to understand a key thing about veneers before you sign on the dotted line:

They are permanent.

This means that should you get veneers, you will not be able to go back to your natural smile later on.

How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers are a type of dental prosthetics that are applied to the front of your natural teeth to change their appearance. The application involves shaving down the tooth’s natural enamel to create a rougher surface texture. This way, the veneers can properly stick to the natural teeth and give you full control over your bite.

While veneers don’t require a lot of enamel shaving, and thinner alternatives like Lumineers require even less, the tooth’s enamel does not regenerate. Once it gets shaven, it stays that way, which means that if you want to take off the veneers, you’d either need to opt for a new pair or access a different type of cosmetic procedure to protect your natural teeth.

Permanent Doesn’t Mean Unbreakable

Veneers are permanent, but they can break under the right circumstances. Getting veneers doesn’t exempt you from having to take care of your dental health, and bad oral hygiene can lead to your veneers cracking or even breaking.

Luckily, you don’t need to do anything special to care for your veneers. All you need is to:

  • Brush your teeth daily, and at least 2 times a day
  • Use sugary foods and hard foods in moderation
  • Get routine professional dental cleanings
  • Drink plenty of water, especially after meals to cleanse the mouth of unwanted food particles

Are Veneers Right for You?

Veneers can address a lot of different cosmetic issues, such as:

  • Severely stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Certain alignment and bit issues, etc.

You’re considered a good candidate for veneers if you have healthy teeth and are just looking to improve the way they look. Veneers are not a way to ‘make your teeth healthier, so if you have dental issues to address, you’ll need to get those fixed before veneers can be placed.

But, veneers are not your only option. Even if you don’t qualify for them, there are lots of other procedures that might work for you, from teeth whitening to dental bonding, and more!

Stop by Wesley C. Wise, DDS & Assoc., LTD To Get Your Picture-Perfect Smile

Wondering if veneers are right for you? Wesley C. Wise, DDS & Assoc, LTD can help you make the right decisions for both the look and function of your teeth!

To get started, please book an appointment with Dr. Brandon Murphy today, or call our practice directly at (708) 524-0330 to find out more about our services and how we can help.