Veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic procedure because they require a thin layer of enamel to be removed from your teeth prior to placement. They are bonded to the tooth structure using dental cement. For this reason, only a trained dental professional can make repairs or adjustments to your veneers.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile. With good at-home care and regular dental checkups, you can expect your veneers to last 10 years or more.
Veneers create a brighter, straighter, and more uniform smile without the need for teeth whitening, orthodontics, or other treatments. They are used to mask the appearance of crooked, misshapen, discolored, chipped, cracked, gapped, or worn-down teeth.
Generally, no. Patients who receive 2-4 veneers typically experience no discomfort. However, patients who receive eight or more veneers may experience some sensitivity or tenderness in the gums. Your dentist will take every precaution during your veneer preparation and administer local anesthetic as needed to ensure your comfort.
On average, you can expect the process of getting your porcelain veneers to take 3-4 weeks. You’ll visit our office 2-3 times during this time, from your initial consultation to the final fitting and application.