Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

Implant, Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Green Valley Ranch & Nearby Areas of Colorado

Posted: June 19, 2018

One of our most popular cosmetic dentistry options is porcelain veneers. These wafer-thin shells are placed over teeth to disguise cosmetic imperfections, and have a very high rate of satisfaction. Unfortunately, porcelain veneers are not permanent - but they can be extremely long-lasting in the right candidate and with proper care.Porcelain veneers are not permanent, but can last decades | Highpoint Dental Care

If you are interested in achieving a beautiful Hollywood smile through porcelain veneers or Lumineers, please contact Highpoint Dental Care today at 303-500-8701 to schedule your consultation.

Porcelain Veneers Are Irreversible but Long-Lasting

Although porcelain veneers are not considered a permanent procedure since they will likely have to be replaced at some point, they can last for decades as long as you take care of them properly. Some patients may never need to replace them at all.

Porcelain veneers are, however, irreversible. They require your natural teeth to be filed down in order to make room in your mouth for the veneers. Once your enamel is filed down, it does not grow back, so you will always need to have veneers or crowns on the affected teeth.

If you are uncomfortable with the thought of filing your natural teeth down, we also offer Lumineers, which often require less prep than porcelain veneers. Lumineers are not as durable or long-lasting, but they are usually reversible. We will listen to your concerns and let you know whether you are a better candidate for porcelain veneers or Lumineers.

Caring For Porcelain Veneers

In order to make sure your porcelain veneers or Lumineers last as long as possible, there are some steps you should follow. Great oral care is the best way to ensure your veneers stay in good shape.

Here are some of the basic rules to follow for porcelain veneer maintenance:

  • Show up to your biannual checkups: Having a deep clean and dental checkup regularly means that we can spot potential problems before they develop fully, and we can keep your teeth cleaner than you can on your own.
     
  • Practice basic oral hygiene: Brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss at least once a day. Tooth decay is the main reason why porcelain veneers fall off!
     
  • Don't use your teeth as tools or chew on hard or sticky foods: Porcelain veneers are cemented on and stand up to everyday chewing, but there is a possibility for them to chip, break, loosen, or even come off entirely if you use your teeth to open a package or chew ice every day.

Aside from tooth decay, the other main reason a veneer might fall off or break is from trauma to the mouth. If you play contact sports, you will probably want to wear a mouth guard to protect your porcelain veneers.

Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation

If you have chipped, cracked, discolored, or other aesthetic problems with your teeth, call Highpoint Dental Care today at 303-500-8701 to schedule your free porcelain veneers consultation.

We serve patients in Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Green Valley Ranch, and other nearby areas of Colorado.

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