Pruce Dental

Are porcelain veneers permanent?

Porcelain veneers can provide ten or more years of use with proper care. However, since we have to alter the shape of your teeth to accommodate the veneers, the procedure itself is irreversible; once tooth enamel is gone, it’s gone for good.

So it’s important to understand that the procedure is a lifelong commitment, even though the veneers themselves will need to be replaced at some point. Fortunately, the majority of people who choose veneers are so delighted with the results that undoing the process is not something that crosses their minds!

When you meet with Dr. Pruce, he will explain what you can expect from the process. For the veneers to look natural and fit snugly along your gum line, we need to remove some existing dental enamel. This is about equal to the thickness of the veneer, usually no more than 0.5 mm.

We take impressions of the prepared tooth that our custom lab uses to customize your veneers. In a couple of weeks, when we receive your restoration back from the lab, we’ll have you return to our office to have the veneer checked for fit, adjusted as necessary, and bonded to the tooth.

If you have other questions about porcelain veneers in Washington, PA, please call Dr. Robert Pruce to arrange a convenient consultation.