Are Veneers Permanent?
If you’re dealing with:
- Badly stained or discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Irregularly sized teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor chips and cracks
Then the great news is that you can fix all of these cosmetic issues through veneers!
Before you go through the process, it’s very important to fully understand what you are signing up for. Veneers are an irreversible procedure, so they do require a life-long commitment.
Why Are Veneers Irreversible?
Veneers require a tiny amount of enamel shaving before they can be bonded to your teeth. While the amount is not large enough to cause problems like tooth sensitivity, since enamel doesn’t grow back, it’s not recommended to go back to your natural smile.
Some patients don’t feel comfortable making that level of commitment, especially if they are not dealing with severe aesthetic issues.
If you’re not sure you can commit to veneers, there are many other treatments available that could still help you get an improved smile.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Though it’s an irreversible procedure, veneers don’t last forever. They are, after all, a thin layer of porcelain attached to the tooth. While you will have no issues chewing your food or talking, sooner or later you will need to change your veneers.
How long they last greatly depends on patient maintenance. Some veneers may last around 10-15 years, maybe even longer with the right care. Others could chip, break, or even stain a lot sooner than that.
Is There Any Way to Prolong the Veneer's Lifespan?
If you want your new veneer smile to last, you need to:
- Practice good oral hygiene - Daily brushing or flossing is the best way to maintain your veneers, and care for your oral health;
- Be mindful of what you eat or drink - Some foods and beverages like coffee, tea, or oranges can stain your teeth and veneers. Reducing them as much as possible keeps your smile in top shape;
- Get a mouthguard - If you grind your teeth, a mouthguard can help protect your veneers and natural teeth from wearing down or cracking;
- See the dentist every six months or so - Professional dental cleanings can remove stubborn stains and keep the veneers from staining or discoloration. Plus, it allows the dentist to spot any oral health concerns sooner when they are easier to treat.
Are You a Good Candidate for Veneers?
If you have generally-healthy teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution for you. However, the best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure is to see Dr. Jessica Barton for a consultation.
She will help you make the best choices to get the smile you’ve always wanted, after a thorough assessment of your teeth.