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Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Permanent?

If you’re unhappy with your smile and recently went to a dentist in search of options, you were likely briefed about porcelain dental veneers and their long-term benefits.

Although they can be a solid option to solving a variety of dental issues, having that much dental surgery done can be frightening. Knowing what you could be getting yourself into can prevent you from making the wrong decision to best fit your needs and desires.

While porcelain dental veneers are meant to be long-term fix (and can be for up to 15 years with proper care and frequent checkups), they might require repair and replacement eventually. They aren’t necessarily permanent, but the surgery will include filing your teeth down enough to make room for the dental veneers. For this reason, you will likely be stuck with dental veneers for life.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Porcelain dental veneers are thin, custom-made molds of porcelain that are designed to fit over your teeth -- after being filed down -- to hide the appearance of your real teeth underneath. They are a common solution to those who want a completely new smile, want to enhance their current smile, or have several missing teeth that need attending to.

The porcelain material helps to imitate a real tooth with the shiny-ness, color, and feel closely resembling the teeth you’ve been dreaming of.

Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

There are plenty of pros and cons to getting porcelain dental veneers. If you’re looking for an effective solution to any of your dental issues, you’ll want to read up on the pros and cons to having such a major surgery. Don’t forget, this surgery can be permanent -- in a sense.

Let’s take a look at some pros to porcelain dental veneers:

  • Will last a very long time with proper care, with little maintenance
  • Get the exact color teeth you want
  • Get the exact shape teeth you want
  • Can fix minor cosmetic issues
  • Can help replace damaged enamel

Now let’s look at some cons to porcelain dental veneers:

  • Dental veneers can run quite expensive, depending on your area and dentist
  • You can experience high sensitivity after getting dental veneers
  • Your teeth will be permanently grinded down to fir the veneers, this can’t be reversed

Porcelain dental veneers can be a great option for anyone looking to finally wear that smile they’ve been waiting for. Although the surgery can be a bit scary, there’s nothing to fear as it’s a routine procedure your dentist has performed plenty of times.

Call Great Neck Family Dentistry Today!

If you’re interested in learning more about porcelain dental veneers or want to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give Great Neck Family Dentistry a call at (516) 482-9140 today. We are excited to assist you in your dental decision and will ensure you are given the most professional advice available.

Your smile is just as important to us as it is to you. We can’t wait to help you find that perfect smile so you can wear it with confidence -- the way everyone should.

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