Are Porcelain Veneers Removable?
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry treatments. Porcelain veneers adhere to the facial portion of the teeth to hide imperfections such as dental stains, tooth discoloration, chips, cracks, fractures, gapped teeth, and minor malocclusion problems. Porcelain veneers are durable restorations that enhance the smile without compromising its strength.
When considering porcelain veneers treatment at the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, which serves Troy, MI, Birmingham, MI, and Bloomfield, MI, patients often ask our dentists, “are porcelain veneers removable?” We answer that question here and provide more information about the permanency of veneers treatment and what to do if veneers wear out or are damaged.
Can Porcelain Veneers Be Removed?
Many people have seen snap-on dental restorations that are worn and removed as desired. Porcelain veneers are a different type of restoration, and they are not removable. During treatment, our dentists attach veneers to the front of the teeth with a strong dental compound. We harden the compound so it acts like cement to bond veneers in place. Once bonded to the teeth, porcelain veneers are strong enough to withstand biting, chewing, and other oral functions. Provided patients care for their veneers properly, they can last up to 20 years.
Is Veneers Treatment Reversible?
Another question commonly asked of our cosmetic dentists is whether veneers treatment is reversible. Porcelain veneers treatment is considered permanent. When preparing the teeth for veneer placement, our dentists remove a thin layer of tooth enamel. Reshaping creates space for the veneers and ensures they sit flush with adjacent teeth. Although the amount of enamel removed is minimal, it leaves the teeth vulnerable to sensitivity, decay, and infection without the protection of veneers. Because of this, porcelain veneers treatment is not reversible.
What Do I Do About Damaged Veneers?
Since veneers are not removable and treatment is irreversible, patients may wonder what to do about damaged or worn-down veneers. When porcelain veneers are damaged, worn, or cosmetically compromised, they can be removed and replaced by a dentist.
During porcelain veneers replacement, the dentist removes veneers and cleans the teeth of the remaining bonding material. Once old veneers are removed, they are replaced with new restorations. Porcelain veneer replacement allows patients to continue to enjoy an attractive smile while protecting their natural teeth from damage or other dental complications.
What If I’m Not Ready to Commit to Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are durable dental restorations that enhance the smile without making it look artificial. Although porcelain veneers offer numerous benefits, some patients are not ready to commit to a permanent and irreversible cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Individuals who desire a less invasive solution for their dental flaws can consider alternate cosmetic dentistry treatments. Depending on each patient’s unique needs, they may be ideal candidates for dental bonding, teeth whitening, or Invisalign.
Contact Cosmetic Dentistry Institute
Porcelain veneers address multiple cosmetic blemishes to completely makeover the smile. The permanent restorations protect and enhance the teeth for up to 20 years. If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, contact our dental practice online and schedule an appointment.