Cosmetic Dentistry

Are Veneers Removable or Permanent?

Dental veneers are an excellent way to address minor cosmetic issues. If your teeth are stained, discolored, or have minor chips or cracks, then you can book an appointment with your dentist and talk to them about veneers. 

A lot of patients that visit our clinic don't know what to expect after getting veneers. Specifically, they don't know if veneers are permanent or replaceable. 

The answer isn't that simple. Let us explain. 

The Procedure for Getting Veneers Is Permanent 

Veneers are small covers for your teeth. They look like a shell that the dentist will place on your teeth to mask certain imperfections. But, in order for the veneer to properly stick to your natural tooth, the dentist will have to shave off quite a lot of your enamel. While this procedure won't affect your oral health per se, it will leave your natural teeth exposed. Moreover, enamel can't grow back, so once it has been trimmed off, it will remain like that for the rest of your life. 

So, in this regard, veneers are permanent because you can never go back to how your natural teeth looked before. That's why you need to be certain that you want this procedure done because once you get the veneers, you can't change your mind about them. 

Veneers Will Not Last Forever

While the procedure is permanent, veneers have a limited lifespan. Depending on the material they are made of (porcelain or composite resin,) how well they were placed, and your oral hygiene habits, they can last as long as 20 years. 

If they wear out or they get damaged, then you will need to replace them with a new set. 

What Can I Do to Prolong the Lifespan of My Veneers 

Taking care of veneers is incredibly easy. As a matter of fact, all you need to do is follow your regular oral hygiene routine. That means - brush two times a day with non-abrasive toothpaste, floss every night, and see your dentist at least two times every year. In addition, you will also need to take a bit more care of how you use your teeth. While veneers are very strong, they can chip or get damaged if you tend to use your teeth a lot to bite your nails, open packages, and so on. 

You should also talk to your dentist in Wilmington if you know you tend to clench your teeth when you are stressed or if you grind your teeth at night. Bruxism (teeth grinding) can damage veneers and limit their lifespan. Your dentist can recommend that you wear a night guard to protect your veneers. 

Are You Ready to Get Dental Veneers? Just Call Us! 

If you are interested in getting dental veneers in Wilmington, then you should know that Thrive Family Dental is here to help you. You will make sure your smile transforms and becomes healthy and beautiful. 

Contact us now to book your appointment. 

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