Veneers were first created almost 100 years ago by a dentist in Hollywood. They gave film stars a flawless smile for their roles, but they were only designed to be worn for a few hours. These early versions of veneers could be removed right away, but modern porcelain veneers are actually considered semi-permanent. And while they work beautifully for years to mask many types of cosmetic flaws, they’ll last the longest with the right care and maintenance. Below, you’ll learn more about whether porcelain veneers in Ocala can ever be removed and how to help them last.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work and Are They Removable?
Porcelain veneers are shells of porcelain that are adhered to the front surface of the teeth. Just like new siding on a house hides flaws underneath, they can mask a multitude of cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, severe stains, minor gaps and crowding, and more.
Before cementing veneers into place, a dentist must first remove a thin layer of enamel (between 0.5mm and 1mm). This creates room for the veneer and ensures that it won’t look or feel bulky. However, this also means that you can’t remove your veneers in the future without replacing them right away. Otherwise, the teeth that once had veneers would be slightly smaller in size and also lack a full layer of protective enamel.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Like any type of dental work, porcelain veneers are subject to wear-and-tear and don’t last forever. However, porcelain is a very strong, durable material that’s also stain-resistant. These properties mean that veneers can last (and continue looking great) for an average of 10-15 years – assuming that you maintain them properly.
How Can You Maintain Your Porcelain Veneers?
The following tips will extend the life of your porcelain veneers:
- Do well with brushing and flossing. Your veneers can’t get cavities, but the tooth structure underneath them can. Also, be sure to use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste (gel formulas are a good bet). Don’t use whitening toothpastes because they can scratch and dull your veneers over time.
- Get into the habit of cutting hard foods like carrots and apples into pieces instead of biting directly into them.
- Don’t chew on ice, hard candies, pens or pencils.
- If necessary, wear a nightguard to protect your veneers from clenching and grinding.
- Finally, make sure to see a cosmetic dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. This way, you can be sure that any potential problems are caught early, before they cause your veneers to fail.
Porcelain veneers are considered semi-permanent and can’t be removed without an immediate replacement. But, with these tips and tricks, you won’t have to replace them until absolutely necessary.
About the Author
Dr. Daniel Weldon has been a general, restorative, and cosmetic dentist for over 10 years. He uses porcelain veneers in a wide variety of situations to transform his patients’ smiles and always provides tips to maintain them for as long as possible. If you’re considering porcelain veneers in Ocala or have any additional questions, he can be reached via his website.