In cosmetic dentistry, veneers are tooth-colored shells usually made of porcelain that cover your natural teeth to cover dental imperfections or to improve your toothy smile. Unhappiness with one’s teeth has many sources, from chips and discoloration to crooked teeth or gaps in their smile. Veneers cover all of that up and leave you with a perfectly bright, natural-looking smile.
If you have good oral health and hygiene with no tooth decay or gum disease, then veneers could be suitable for you. The following teeth problems are commonly addressed by veneers:
When it comes to answering the question of permanence, it depends on the type of veneers in question. While veneers are not necessarily permanent themselves no matter what type you go for, the effects they have on your natural teeth are.
To attach veneers to your teeth and to properly fit them into your mouth, your natural teeth enamel is shaved down. With traditional veneers, your enamel must be shaved down by .5mm and they’re made of porcelain.
Comparatively, lumineers are composite veneers that require less preparation of the teeth enamel, but they are made of thinner materials and don’t last as long. People may opt for this option because they are potentially reversible whereas traditional veneers are not.
Because lumineers are made of an ultra-thin laminate, they also appear more translucent than traditional veneers, which can be a drawback for people using veneers to cover heavily discolored teeth.
Porcelain veneers last from 7 to 15 years, but lumineers can last up to 20 years. However, porcelain veneers are overall more durable. The thin material of lumineers is more prone to cracking and if this happens, they can’t be repaired. Instead, you will have to have them replaced entirely.
Veneers need to be replaced once their lifespan has come to an end. There is no need to remove the tooth's enamel in preparation for lumineers and you likely won't need an anesthetic during the procedure.
If you decide later down the road that you no longer want them, a dentist can have them removed without filing away at the tooth bone, whereas traditional veneers are permanently adhered to your teeth and need to be filed down when it’s time for a replacement.
While veneers themselves don’t last forever, traditional veneers require permanent alterations to your natural teeth, which makes them a lifetime commitment. Before deciding on whether or not you want veneers, ask yourself if you’re prepared to have them replaced every 7 to 15 years or walk around with the enamel of your teeth visibly shaved down.
Lumineers are easier to commit to because they don’t require permanent alterations to your natural teeth and are easy to replace. If you decide you no longer want lumineers, they can be removed without filing down any of your teeth and your natural teeth will have the same appearance as before.
At MODERN BITE DENTISTRY, we want our patients to feel confident with their teeth and powerful with their smiles. Book a consultation with Dr. Shahriela Ganjoor to find out if veneers are right for you or give us a call at (214) 214-7790.