Are Veneers Permanent? Everything You Need to Know

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that is meant to correct cosmetic flaws in a patient’s smile. They are porcelain or composite facades for your teeth and will give your smile a brighter, more attractive look.

Veneers are indeed a permanent procedure, as they are attached to your teeth after a part of your enamel is removed. However, the life span of the veneers themselves is around 15 years, after which you will need to get them replaced.

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to your natural teeth to give them a straighter, fuller, and brighter appearance. They are wafer-thin and are permanently bonded to your teeth after the dentist removes a thin layer of your enamel to compensate for their width.

Veneers are shaped to perfectly fit the rest of your mouth and blend seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. The color of your veneers is meant to match natural teeth that are still showing but won’t respond to whitening treatments. If you want a brighter smile and you only get veneers on some of the teeth, make sure to do the whitening treatment before you get the veneers. 

Patients with good oral hygiene and tooth and gum health are eligible for getting veneers to fix cosmetic issues like chipped or cracked teeth, or to correct teeth that have a less attractive shape, small gaps, or minor stains. 

How Long Do Veneers Last?

  • Getting veneers is an irreversible procedure because your natural teeth need to be shaved before the veneers are attached. This means that a thin layer of the tooth’s enamel is removed in order to get the space needed for the veneers. This means that, once you get veneers on your natural teeth, you will have to have veneers for the rest of your life.

The standard lifespan for veneers is around 15 years. The bond between the veneers and your natural tooth weakens over time and you will have to replace them with new ones once this happens. So, while the procedure itself is irreversible, veneers will need replacement, which should be taken into consideration in the long run. 

Book an Appointment Today

If you want to have a straight, brighter, and fuller smile, getting veneers may be the perfect procedure for you. Book an appointment at Woburn Dental Associates to get an assessment and a thorough consultation before you and your dentist can decide if veneers are fit for you.

We have the experience and expertise needed to correctly assess each case and to propose the best plan of treatment, based on what the patient wants and needs, their budget, and their lifestyle. Contact us for more information or for scheduling an appointment with one of our dentists. You can also get a free virtual consultation for added convenience.

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