Are Veneers Irreversible? 


Veneers have become increasingly popular, especially in a world where many people seek to look good in order to feel good. Designed to completely transform the aesthetic of the oral anatomy, veneers have the impressive capability to turn a problematic set of teeth into a pristinely radiant smile.

Veneers, usually made of porcelain or resin, are wafer-thin shells, which are carefully crafted to perfectly fit over the front surface of a patient’s teeth. Not only are they shaped to perfectly fit into your smile, they can be chosen in an array of different hues of white for the most desirable aesthetic. Furthermore, the porcelain or resin material is well tolerated by the patient’s gums, allowing for not only a beautiful smile but a well-functioning one as well.                                  

Can I Change My Mind?

The short answer is no. Traditional veneers are notably regarded as a more permanent dental procedure, unlike dentures. Perhaps to further explain why , let us take a look at the process behind their installation.

  • Reshaping: Your dentist will have to reshape each of your teeth, removing a significant amount of the enamel which surrounds them. This makes room for the future veneers to be placed on top and leaves your original teeth reduced in size.
  • Modeling: Next, your dentist will make a precise impression of your teeth, to ensure the future veneers are a perfect fit. It is sent to a laboratory to be professionally crafted, and as two to four weeks pass they will be ready.
  • Bonding: After examining the veneers, ensuring they are perfectly suited for your smile, your dentists begin the installation. Your teeth are cleaned, polished, and etched. The etching roughens the tooth, allowing the bonding process to yield sturdy results. A unique cement is applied to the veneer,  shone under a special light beam to activate the chemicals and permanently fuse them onto your smile.

The Implications

Therefore, veneers require the natural teeth to be significantly altered to welcome the new prosthetic additions. Ultimately making it one of the most permanent dental procedures and virtually irreversible. 

However, veneers can still be technically removed. Although the enamel initially removed can never be naturally restored. In the worst-case scenario, once removed, they will have to be replaced with a new set of veneers in the future.

Since this is such an invasive procedure, it’s crucial to consult a  dental professional to best understand not only this procedure but all other options suitable for your unique situation. It’s crucial we must ensure you fully grasp all the benefits and consequences associated with veneers. 

There’s Still Other Options

With that said, there still remain a few options that can satisfy the demand for reversible veneers. If you’re not completely dedicated to the permanence of traditional veneers or desire a less invasive approach, you may consider Low-prep or No-prep veneers- such as Lumineers. Due to their thinner and more translucent material, Lumineers require a lesser amount or even no enamel to be removed from your natural teeth. While also being significantly less expensive than traditional veneers.

To find the absolute best fit to elevate your smile aesthetic, please book a consultation today!

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