Are Veneers Permanent

Are Veneers Permanent?


Dental veneers can enhance your smile's appearance by correcting multiple aesthetic issues. Veneers are made of thin shells of composite or porcelain material that your cosmetic dentist cements to the tooth surfaces that show when you smile.

While veneers are not permanent, they will need replacement every five to seven years due to wear and tear. After your dentist preps your teeth for veneers, you must continue replacing them as they wear out.

Advantages of Veneers

  • Correct the look of gapped teeth
  • Cover discolored teeth
  • Correct the appearance of misshapen teeth
  • Cover more than one flaw at the same time, saving money on multiple procedures

The Dental Veneers Process

The first step in getting dental veneers is consulting your cosmetic dentist. Your dentist will explain your veneer options and recommend your desired material. You will choose the shade of your new veneers.

Next, the dentist prepares the site by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. Since the process requires removing a small amount of enamel, you must keep renewing your veneers indefinitely to protect your teeth.

The dentist takes physical or digital impressions of your prepared teeth and sends you home with temporary veneers for protection.

When your final veneers arrive from the lab, your dentist will check them for proper fit and cement them into place. You will see an immediate change in your smile and be excited to show it off to your friends and family.

Porcelain Vs. Composite Veneers

We provide two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. Porcelain veneers have a natural shine, like healthy tooth enamel. They are solid and stain-resistant. Composite veneers are the same material as tooth-colored fillings. They are not quite as durable as porcelain, but they are an excellent value for the out-of-pocket cost.

Tips for Preserving Your New Veneers

While veneers are durable, you must care for your teeth to avoid damage. Ensure you practice excellent oral hygiene, especially if your composite veneers are more prone to stains.

Don't use your teeth as tools to open packages. Avoid crunchy foods like nuts and hard candy. Do not chew on ice or other non-food objects. If you grind your teeth, see your dentist for a protective mouthguard.

Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

Which is more stain-resistant: porcelain or composite veneers?

Porcelain veneers have inherent stain-resistant qualities. Composite veneers are more prone to stains. If you drink staining beverages, you may want to choose porcelain veneers.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

A set of porcelain veneers generally lasts about five to seven years before it needs replacement.

Call Oak Road Dentistry

Veneers can remake your smile in a fraction of the time required by other cosmetic dentistry services. We would gladly introduce you to veneers and how they can rejuvenate your appearance. Call our Snellville, GA, office at 770-985-9559 to schedule an appointment today.