Are Veneers Permanent?

Are Veneers Permanent?

Dental veneers are performed in patients with good oral hygiene and healthy gingiva for cosmetic problems such as fracture, cracking, staining, interdental spaces and surface repairs of crowns and bridges. It is an irreversible permanent treatment method that can be applied to all teeth.

Since it is irreversible, it is recommended to apply teeth whitening treatment before applying veneers, especially on stained and yellowed teeth. Veneers are a treatment method suitable for teeth with little damage.

For the treatment to be successful, it is important that the patient’s jawbone development is complete. They are designed in the most suitable way for the patient’s mouth structure in terms of aesthetic appearance with the measurements to be taken in the mouth in a computer environment. Veneers suitable for the patient can be applied to the relevant teeth in one or at most two sessions without pain under local anesthesia in line with the dentist’s recommendations. With the veneers, the patient feels much better than before the treatment with the beautiful appearance obtained while preserving their natural teeth.

In order for the veneer to adhere to the natural tooth, the tooth enamel is abraded. The veneers are permanently bonded to the natural tooth with special transparent adhesives after the preliminary procedures performed on the natural tooth. Veneers are long-lasting when used carefully with proper care. When their lifetime is over, it is not possible to use the natural tooth without veneers, so new veneers must be made.

Hard, sticky, acidic, hot, cold foods damage the natural tooth layers and the veneers adhered to the outer surface of the tooth. Since tooth enamel does not contain living cells, the soft tissue under the enamel may become vulnerable as a result of erosions and cause more serious problems.

Veneers are produced from porcelain or composite material. Depending on the type, they are 0.5-1.2 mm thick. Porcelain veneers can be used for up to 15-20 years and composite veneers can be used for up to 4-8 years under conditions of proper maintenance.

While porcelain veneers cannot be repaired when broken, composite veneers can be repaired under certain conditions. Over time, as the adhesive between the veneers and the natural tooth loses its properties, the connection weakens and the veneers become unusable. As the natural tooth becomes vulnerable, new veneers need to be applied urgently.

While veneers protect the natural tooth against external influences, they are vulnerable to internal decay. In case of possible gingiva recession or gingivitis, the connection between the veneers and the natural teeth weakens and the veneers become unusable. It is necessary to pay attention to oral hygiene and be examined by a dentist at regular intervals.