Yes, veneers are a permanent cosmetic restoration. Because your veneers are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth, they can only be removed, repaired, or replaced by your dentist. Veneers will eventually need to be replaced, just like all dental work, but you can expect them to last up to a decade or more.
The lifespan of your veneer depends on which type you choose for your smile. Porcelain veneers generally have a lifespan of 10-15 years, while ceramic veneers can last 20 years or more. You can significantly extend the lifespan of your veneers with regular cleanings and good at-home oral care.
The veneers themselves don’t hurt and tooth preparation is generally a quick and painless procedure. Dr. Lin removes an ultra-thin layer of enamel from your teeth to ensure the best look and fit, but this shouldn’t cause you any discomfort. To ensure your comfort, she administers anesthesia to quickly numb your teeth and help you relax in the dentist’s chair.
The process of receiving porcelain or ceramic veneers typically takes 2-3 visits over the course of your treatment, from the initial consultation to receiving your final veneers.