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Are Veneers Permanent?

Are Veneers Permanent?

Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment that can transform your smile by altering the shape and size of your teeth. Veneers can cover up aesthetic issues with your teeth like discoloration, small gaps, slightly crooked teeth, chips or cracks, and teeth that are too small or sharp.

They’re made of porcelain and are bonded to the front of the teeth that show when you smile. This is typically only the front 6 teeth. Read on in this blog from Goldstein Garber & Salama to find out why veneers need to be replaced but are also a permanent commitment.

Why Veneers Are a Lifelong Commitment

Veneers require a specific treatment process to bond them to your teeth. The veneers are too thick to bond directly to the teeth without any preparation. We must first file down your enamel by .5 mm.

This prevents the veneer from sticking out so it blends seamlessly with your natural teeth. We numb your mouth first so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. Once the veneer is bonded with dental cement and UV light, it fuses with your enamel to strengthen your tooth.

However, now that we’ve trimmed your enamel, you will need to wear veneers for the rest of your life. While veneers don’t last forever, you will need to have them replaced to protect your thin enamel. Otherwise, your teeth are at a very high risk of breakage and tooth decay without any protection.

What Is the Lifespan of Veneers?

Veneers have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years if they’re made of porcelain. Some veneers can be made of composite resin, though this is less common and they are not as durable. Composite veneers last for 4 to 8 years.

To protect your veneers from damage, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for at least two minutes and floss once a day. Go to your Atlanta dentist for a cleaning every 6 months to remove stains and plaque buildup.

Limit your consumption of staining foods and drinks and abstain from smoking. Try not to chew hard and sticky foods with your veneers. This can break them and you should only chew with your molars. Don’t use your teeth to open packages or chew on your fingernails.

Am I a Candidate for Veneers?

During your consultation, there are a few questions we will ask you to determine if you’re a good fit for veneers in Atlanta. We’ll ask about your oral health, if you grind your teeth, what cosmetic issues you want to correct, and if you want to have veneers for the rest of your life.

You can’t have any tooth decay or gum disease when getting veneers. We will need to treat these issues with restorative treatments first because the problems will still be there with veneers.

Teeth grinding can also cause severe damage or even break your veneers so if you have bruxism, veneers may not be a good choice for you. However, you can get veneers if you wear a mouthguard to sleep. Finally, we’ll assess if the problems with your teeth are too severe to correct with veneers.

Expert Veneers At Goldstein Garber & Salama

If you are interested in exploring veneers as an option to improve your smile, contact us at Goldstein Garber & Salama today to schedule a consultation. We will assess your teeth to determine if veneers are the right choice for you and provide alternative cosmetic options to improve the appearance of damaged or discolored teeth.

Are Veneers Permanent