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Are Removable Veneers Possible?

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Are you looking to cover tooth imperfections with veneers? You're far from alone. Veneers are artificial teeth placed over your natural teeth to give you the perfect smile you've always dreamed of. They can be used to repair the damage, make your teeth more uniform, or even fix discoloration. Permanent veneers are an expensive, permanent option. What if they could be temporary or removable?

Temporary Veneers

When veneer technology was new, manufacturers produced veneers in various sizes, shapes, and colors. Dental professionals would choose the best fit for their patients' mouths from the available selection and bond them to the teeth. This approach is similar to the one used now for temporary veneers. Even though expertise and technology have changed since then, the general concept remains the same.

Temporary veneers are crafted from resin into pre-selected shapes and sizes before a dental professional chooses the best fit. They then bond them to your teeth, creating a temporary fix until a permanent option is ready. Keep in mind that the bonding process ensures that these are not removable without a dentist.

Fun fact: Veneers were invented in 1928 by Charles Pincus to alter the look of an actor's smile for a scene! He later developed them for professional dental use.

Removable Veneers

Not ready for the process involved for permanent veneers? Removable veneers, also known as snap-on veneers, are an option that may be right for some. Permanent veneers can require multiple dental visits and come at a considerable cost. Removable veneers avoid many of these downsides but are not recommended without the approval of a dental professional.

Removable veneers, also known as snap-on veneers, can give you a completely new smile by hiding your original teeth. This option allows you to cover missing teeth, stains, gaps, and imperfections. You can remove these when desired, like an athlete taking out their mouthguard after a game.

Removable veneers come in two varieties:

  1. Prefabricated sets: Manufacturers create these sets without consideration of your teeth or bite. Often the cheapest and least durable option.
  2. Custom-made: Laboratories craft these after being sent an impression of your teeth from a dental professional or at-home kit. These provide a personalized fit but are more expensive.

Important note: There is not yet adequate research to support the safe and effective use of removable veneers. If these sound appealing, schedule an appointment with your dental professional and ask if they're a good fit for your dental health.

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.

Cost of Veneers

Veneers come in an extensive range of varieties and quality. Because of this, the costs involved can vary greatly. Where you live, what dental professional you use, and what type of veneers will all affect the final cost.

There's a simple rule to keep in mind: the more customization involved, the more they're likely to cost. Any solution that requires little to no personalization is bound to be cheaper than ones requiring specialized staff to design then fit the veneer to your teeth.

Removable veneers are often the cheapest option, as they require the least amount of customization. Costs can range greatly, depending on the number of teeth covered and if you're buying custom-made. Even though removable are often the most affordable choice, we recommend consulting with your dental professional before purchase or use.

Dental professionals can create composite veneers that often cost several hundred dollars per tooth. Laboratories fabricate custom porcelain laminate veneers and are more expensive, costing between $925 to $2500 per tooth.

Caring for Your Veneers

A simple tip is to remember to care for your veneers just as you'd care for your regular teeth, but a little more gently. Veneers are not as durable as your natural teeth, and you should be careful not to floss too hard or do anything that would harm a regular tooth.

Aftercare tips:

  • Brush for 2 minutes twice daily, and floss once a day
  • Consider using a whitening toothpaste to keep them looking great.
  • Visit your dentist or dental hygienist regularly to ensure your veneers are in top-shape

Things to avoid:

  • Chewing ice, biting your nails, or opening bottles with your teeth
  • Cigarettes, coffee, and other substances that could stain your smile

If you're deciding what veneers to get, remember that each type has its unique benefits. What might be right for one patient might not be perfect for you, and that's okay. If you're considering removable veneers, be sure to consult a dental professional before leaping.

We've covered that removable veneers are easy on the wallet but may not last as long or produce perfect results. Permanent veneers can either be composite or porcelain that will stay in your mouth for years and come at a considerable cost. After reading this, you can rest easy knowing you have the best information to make an informed decision.

Oral Care Center articles are reviewed by an oral health medical professional. This information is for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist, physician or other qualified healthcare provider. 

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