Professional Permanent Veneers
Even though veneers have enjoyed wide use since the 1970s, the technology, materials, and techniques used have evolved considerably.
Permanent veneers are different than crowns in one significant way: crowns remove more of the original tooth before application. Permanent veneers only require a small amount of the tooth to be removed. Still, they can be difficult to implant and expensive to prepare.
Permanent veneers are more advanced than ever, with laboratory technicians capable of creating specialized restorations. These permanent veneers are custom-made for your teeth and bite, offering an ideal fit and a beautiful look. This option is very durable and can last years when cared for, but could still eventually require replacement.
There are two different types of permanent veneers: composite and porcelain.
- Your dental professional typically makes composites by applying resin to the tooth and sealing it, a procedure often completed in a single visit.
- Specialized laboratories produce porcelain veneers after receiving specifications from your dental professional. They usually take two or more visits to implant.
But just how permanent are they? According to the American Dental Association, veneers can last up to ten years with proper care. Take this timeframe into consideration when weighing the best option for your situation.