Many people have benefitted from the beauty and durability that porcelain veneers offer. To answer whether or not porcelain veneers in Orlando, FL are permanent, our cosmetic dentist must first explain the process.
A porcelain veneer is extremely thin, but it does add bulk to a tooth. To remedy this, Dr. Michaelson shaves off a thin layer of tooth enamel. Equivalent to the veneer's thickness, this alteration allows the dental veneer to sit naturally among your other teeth and not stand out.
Because we permanently alter the tooth, the process for getting porcelain veneers is irreversible. We can’t replace tooth enamel once we remove it, and you will need to commit to wearing veneers for the rest of your life.
However, veneers themselves are not permanent. While the porcelain shells can last as long as ten years with proper care, they will need to be replaced at some point due to natural wear and tear.
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Thanks to the smooth ceramic surface, your veneers won’t attract stains as your natural teeth can. However, keep in mind that they are super-thin and prone to chipping along the edges, so avoid hard, crunchy foods and habits like chewing on ice.
Keeping these tips in mind and ensuring your teeth and gums stay healthy with daily brushing and flossing can help you get years of use out of your porcelain veneers. Call to schedule an appointment with our Orlando cosmetic dentist to get started.