When considering cosmetic dentistry options for their smiles, our patients often want to know if porcelain veneers are permanent. The answer is a little more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no,” so we will explain in more detail below.
Most dentists don’t consider veneers “permanent” because one set of veneers likely won’t last for a patient’s entire lifetime. Typically, veneers need replacing every decade or so due to normal wear and tear that occurs. Veneers are, however, irreversible, meaning that once your Mount Pleasant dentist preps your teeth and places veneers on your smile, your teeth stay permanently altered.
If you’re thinking of getting porcelain veneers, it’s crucial to understand that the procedure has permanent, lasting effects. Even though your first set of veneers may not be the last one you ever have, you will still need to permanently have veneers on your teeth after receiving your initial treatment.
At East Cooper Smiles, we recommend veneers to patients who want a long-term solution for a smile they’re unhappy with.
We attach veneers to natural tooth enamel, and because we have to remove a small amount of enamel to make room for the wafer-thin veneers, the procedure alters the natural teeth forever. For this reason, we spend extensive time with our patients beforehand, discussing the pros and cons of porcelain veneers in Mount Pleasant before we ask them to commit to the procedure.
Veneers can offer you a beautiful, dazzling smile, but you should always feel comfortable and prepared before agreeing to the cosmetic dental treatment.