should veneers not be right, will i be able to have them removed and return to my previous smile?
Can Veneers Be Taken off if I Want Them Removed?
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After preparation of your teeth, fabrication and delivery of veneers if you would decide for any reason to remove your veneers your teeth will not be the same. They would require some kind of restoration (porcelain or composite) to restore aesthetic appearance. That is why you have to think very well if that is the treatment that you want and if you trust your restorative doctor.
Only non-preparation veneers are reversible
There is a very small percentage of porcelain veneers that are considered reversible. If your dentist is trained in either DURAthin porcelain veneers or Lumineers, it's possible that he or she can not prepare your teeth and just bond the veneers to your virgin teeth. The percentage of patients who qualify for completely, truly non-preparation veneers is quite small however. Normally some preparation needs to be done, even if it's just to smooth sharp angles or create a small amount of space for the porcelain. If the adjustment remains in the enamel, you would not have pain upon removal of the veneer, but the underlying tooth would be slightly different than it used to be.
Dental veneer removal tips
We typically tell patients that Once Veneers, Always Veneers. However, now with no-prep cases, you could conceivably remove the veneers, polish your teeth back to the before status -- but only if your teeth do not require preparation. A better suggestion would be to find the right cosmetic dentist for you -- then you can be sure you will be happy with the result. Go to a few consultations until you know you're in the right hands.
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Can My Veneers Be Taken Off So That I Can Return to my Old Smile?
If you had porcelain veneers, then your teeth were probably prepared or shaped, drilling off some of your teeth, so that the porcelain that went over the top did not make your tooth appear "too think" and unnatural. However, if you had a "no prep" porcelain veneer, which is done less than 1% of the time, then the veneer could be removed and tooth underneath should look almost the same. If you had composite plastic veneers, usually less preparation is done as well, and those might be able to removed to get you back to the way you were.
Saying all that, I think it is unwise to do this. You will most likely be disappointed even more by the way they look with the veneer or bonding removed. Your teeth, unprotected with a cover of porcelain or plastic, would more than likely be more sensitive and prone to cavities.
My suggestion is to forget the thought about trying to go back to just the way you were before, but find a cosmetic dentist who can and will make you porcelain veneers that you will not only like, but truly love! Just because you had a bad experience with one dentist and the way he did them does not mean you won't have a fantastic experience with an exceptional cosmetic dentist, one who has years of experience in the area of cosmetic dentistry and relates and communicates well with you.
At the web link below you will see examples of patients who were not at all pleased with their original veneers, but after retreating them were very happy.
Can porcelain veneers be removed?
Porcelain veneers can be removed. However, if the teeth were prepped or reduced to place the veneers (most cases are or the veneers will look bulky) then you will have to replace the veneers if removed. In the non-prep veneers you can sometimes remove them and polish the teeth.
Overall, if you get veneers you should know that you are committed to them and know that they are really irreversible. Please understand that they can be removed by dentists to place new ones if necessary. However, well done and esthetic veneers should last a long time.
So as Dr. Kaleinikova said below, make sure you are seeing an experienced cosmetic dentist and that you have confidence in their skill and artistry
Can veneers be removed?
If you get no-preparation veneers or "Lumineers" then yes you can go back to your original smile.
Traditional veneers or minimal preparation veneers alter your teeth. If you decided to have these veneers removed (not sure why you would want that done), then your teeth will not look the same as before the procedure as they will have been altered to accommodate the porcelain.
Talk to your dentist. You should have the opportunity to see the veneers on your teeth before they are cemented or bonded into place. At this time you can evaluate how they look and determine if alterations need to be made.
Can veneers be safely removed?
Before any aesthetic treatment is performed it should be in detail explained to the patient with all the risks and benefits. Before the impression for veneers is sent to the lab- the teeth are prepared - meaning the adequate amount of enamel is removed and covered with temporary veneers. This is unfortunately the point of no return. If you don`t like your veneers during try-in talk to your dentist what you would like to have improved before they will be cemented. Otherwise the previous smile after this step can not be returned.
Dental Veneers Are Removable
Porcelain veneers are removable , but the need to do so does not arise often. Veneers are bonded to your enamel, therefore they will have to be removed with a hand piece. If they are removed they would have to be replaced with new ones. Make sure that you are happy with your veneers before they are bonded in so that you to not have the need to replace them for many, many years.
Veneers can be removed, and will probably need to be removed and replaced one or more times in your lifetime, depending on your age. The tooth structure under veneers is permanently changed so your teeth will never be exactly the same. You will always need a composite or porcelain veneer on those teeth, so be sure this is something you want before beginning treatment.
Taking veneers off
When teeth are preped for veneers the dentist removes some tooth structure to allow space for the placement of the veneer it's than bonded on to the natural tooth, if you're not happy with the shade or shape of your veneer it can be removed by grounding it off with a special instrument, but a new veneer would need to be placed. It's important to have a good oral hygiene routine at home & see your dentist regularly to keep everything healthy.
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