Are Veneers Permanent?

A lot of people come to our office convinced that veneers are permanent. However, that doesn't always mean what they expect. Most of them think that "permanent" means that their veneers will last a lifetime. 

So, which one is it? Are veneers permanent or not? 

Veneers Are Not Permanent, But the Procedure Is

Veneers are a versatile cosmetic treatment in Scarsdale. They can cover imperfections like hard-to-clean stains, chips, or cracks as well as wide gaps between teeth. 

Veneers can be made out of composite resin or porcelain. While both materials are quite sturdy, they have a limited lifespan. Composite resin veneers, for example, can last between 5 to 8 years while porcelain veneers can last as long as 15 years. You can extend their lifespan with proper oral care and regular dental check-ups, but the material will wear out eventually and you will need to replace your veneers. 

So, while the veneers per se aren't permanent, the procedure is. 

For the dentist to place the veneers on your teeth, they need to remove a bit of enamel. While the amount is very small, it's enough to leave your teeth exposed should you decide to take the veneers off. That can increase their sensitivity and risk of developing cavities. And because enamel doesn't grow back, you always have to wear veneers to protect your teeth. If the veneers get damaged or old, you need to get new ones to cover your natural teeth. 

Some people are not comfortable with this level of commitment and look for other options, such as dental bonding or Lumineers, which are removable. 

How to Take Care of Your Veneers

Veneers may require a lifetime commitment, but they are also more cost-effective when compared to other cosmetic treatments. For starters, they are sturdier, stain-resistant, and can last for longer than dental bonding for example. So, it may make more sense to opt for veneers rather than other cosmetic treatments. 

And, if you really want to maximize the lifespan of your veneers, you can also: 

  • Brush your teeth (and the veneers) twice a day. 
  • Floss every night 
  • Drink a tall glass of tap water after every meal to cleanse your mouth 
  • Limit the consumption of staining foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, red sauces, berries, curry, and so on. 
  • Don't use your teeth to open packages, or bottles, or to chew on pen caps
  • Wear a mouthguard during sports and a nightguard if you grind your teeth 
  • Visit Dr. Alexander Cox for regular checkups and cleanings. This way, he can make sure that everything is in order with your veneers and act promptly if he notices any issues. 

Are Veneers for Me? 

If you have good oral health, then you can benefit from the revamp that veneers can offer. Visit us at Scarsdale Smiles for a quick examination and chat regarding your needs and expectations. Dr. Alexander Cox will make sure to find the best cosmetic treatment for you. 

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