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Are Porcelain Veneers Reversible?


Wondering if getting porcelain veneers really means having to shave your teeth down into tiny stumps?

We’re happy to say that unlike the scary photos you may have seen online, this isn’t the reality when it comes to choosing a highly qualified dentist for your veneers. But, this doesn’t mean that the decision to get porcelain veneers should be taken lightly!

Getting porcelain veneers is a permanent dental procedure that can last for at least 10 to 15  years, depending on how well they are maintained. They are an extremely effective cosmetic dental treatment which can mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. It’s becoming increasingly common for people to opt for veneers to help them smile confidently without worrying about yellowing, gapped, or uneven teeth. 

But, can veneers be reversed if you change your mind? Let’s go into more detail below.

Table of Contents:

  • Uses of porcelain veneers
  • Are porcelain veneers reversible?
  • Alternatives to porcelain veneers
  • Bottom line

Uses of porcelain veneers

This dental method is a fantastic option for people who want to enhance and improve their smile. Your dentist will customise your dental veneers to give them the colour, shape, and texture of your natural teeth. One of the benefits of installing these veneers is that they are painless, with the team at Oasis Dental prioritising your comfort and experience when creating your dream smile. Dentists also recommend veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth because it is a non-invasive procedure which can be completed in just a few visits.

Porcelain veneers can help correct tooth discolouration, misshapen or chipped teeth, and those which are too small. It’s also important for patients to know that veneers are strong, long-lasting, and stain resistant. These benefits make them a desirable option for people who want to achieve a straighter, brighter and more symmetrical smile.

But, are porcelain veneers reversible?

Technically, no.  You can ask your dentist to remove them, but they aren’t reversible. Your dental expert must prepare your teeth before installing veneers, which may involve removing an amount of enamel equal to the thickness of your new veneers. This is because the enamel can prevent veneers from properly fitting on teeth. The preparation for veneers will permanently change the structure of your teeth, as enamel doesn’t re-grow once you remove it from your tooth. In short, although you can remove porcelain veneers, you can’t reverse the procedure, so removal is definitely not recommended.  However, you can replace your veneers with new ones or potentially with other dental treatments, such as porcelain crowns


Alternatives to porcelain veneers

A possible alternative option to porcelain veneers involving no removal of the tooth structure is composite veneers (or composting bonding). This type of dental treatment is suitable in certain cases when a person is trying to change the shape or size of their teeth, close small gaps or conceal discolouration.

Here are some of the main differences between porcelain veneers and composite bonding/veneers:

  • Composite veneers are cheaper than  porcelain veneers
  • Composite veneers are weaker than porcelain veneers, making them more likely to chip or stain
  • Composite bonding only involves adding material to the tooth, while porcelain veneers usually require some enamel to be removed before applying the final veneers
  • Composite bonding can be completed in a single visit, whereas porcelain veneers require several visits 


Bottom Line

At the end of the day, while porcelain veneers can be a fantastic option to improve your smile, it’s important to get all of the relevant information before committing to undergoing this irreversible procedure. If you’re unsure about whether veneers will work for you or not, you should research your options before deciding on the procedure. It’s best to book a consultation with a dentist who is highly experienced with cosmetic dental procedures, to help assess your unique goals and needs before deciding if veneers are right for you. The talented dentists at Oasis Dental Studio can tailor a treatment plan that is perfectly customised for your individual circumstances. Get in touch today!


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