Veneer Removal Questions: Can a Patient Opt to Remove Veneers

Posted on: 29 December 2016


Porcelain veneers can transform an ordinary smile into one that draws attention. If you aren't happy with your smile, whether that is because you have overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, discolored teeth, or small or overly large teeth, 8-16 veneers placed in the smile zone can give you the smile you have always dreamed of.

Veneers can also last up to twenty years if well taken care of. However, just like any dental treatment, issues may arise, including issues with size, comfort, color, etc. Veneers can even break if not taken care of. When this happens, your dentist will either need to remove and replace them, or remove them altogether.

However, not every case is the same. Sometimes veneers can be removed, and other times—they can't.

You Need to Seek out a Reputable Cosmetic Dentist

While most patients are extremely happy with their results, this isn't always the case. A good cosmetic dentist will have the experience to know exactly what your teeth need.

However, not all dentists are equally skilled when it comes to cosmetic services. This is why you need to be vigilant when looking for a good cosmetic dentist.

You should either seek out a reputable, certified dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry, or a general dentist that has also studied cosmetic dentistry.

No-Prep Veneers Can Be Removed

Teeth sometimes need to be prepped before veneers are bonded to teeth. This is to ensure that the veneers are not too bulky, and that there is enough room to place them. In cases where little preparation is needed, your veneers can be removed.

Once the veneers have been removed, your dentist will polish your natural teeth and they will look as they did before you had the veneers placed.

Prepped Veneers Cannot Be Removed

Unfortunately, in the case of prepped veneers, where a substantial portion of the tooth structure was removed prior to veneer placement, it isn't a good idea to remove your veneers—unless of course you are simply replacing a broken veneer.

You May Need to Replace the Teeth

If you do choose to go ahead with removing your veneers, and there is little tooth structure remaining on the treated teeth, your dentist will need to replace those teeth. In this case, you have a number of options. The cheapest option would be dentures. However, dentures do not allow for sufficient biting force when chewing your food, and a lack of biting force has also been proven to cause bone loss.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are a good option as they are the next best thing to your natural teeth. If you are having trouble with your veneers, talk to a dentist so you can explore the options available to you.