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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Can Veneers Be Taken off if I Want Them Removed?
The answer to can veneers be taken off is NO.
The heart of your question speaks to how can I be sure that I am going to like my veneers? A thorough cosmetic dentist will have great communication with you during the whole process. On this topic, it's all about the communication and less so about the actual technical dental work.
Here are a few of the steps that are used to be in-sync to get great results (that you'll never want removed):
- Look for examples of smiles you really like in magazines, cut them out and bring them to the office
- Bring in photos of yourself (the more close up, the better) that demonstrate what you don't like.
- Your cosmetic dentist can do computer smile imaging to create a preview of what your veneers and new smile can look like.
- You can see a mock-up. A plastic preview that approximates what your veneers will look like.
- You will have plastic temporaries or provisional veneers. You can "test-drive" these to see what you think, as well as get input from those who know you well.
- Bring a valued friend or family member the day the final porcelain veneers are to be seated. Sometimes someone else can look and help decide if they look natural and "fit" your smile.
I think the most important thing here is to be clear on your own expectations and wants, clearly verbalize them to your cosmetic dentist (and staff), discuss them candidly so that everyone is on the same page about what you want, what is realistic and what is not.
Take the time to clarify these things BEFORE you have anything started with your teeth. You need confidence in your decisions before you start. The goal is that you will never look back over your shoulder with doubts about having porcelain veneers.
You CAN have great results with porcelain veneers! Thanks, Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, DDS.
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
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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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.
Removing Veneers & Returning to Previous Smile
There are a few things to consider when choosing to have a dental cosmetic procedure.
First, seek expert opinions. Visit several cosmetic dentist in your area until you find one that you can trust and who listens to your concerns.
Secondly, know your options. You may not be a great candidate for veneers. In this case your dentist will give their expert opinion and help you make the right decision.
Lastly, once your natural teeth are prepped for a restoration, like a traditional veneer, it is irreversible to your original enamel. If removed, you will indeed need to place a new type of restoration over your prepped enamel to keep it strong and healthy.
Veneers are great options for patients looking to enhance their smiles but they are not always the best option for each patient. Veneers are great for front teeth that have small chips, small fractures or teeth that are thin and brittle. A less invasive and on the rise request is Invisalign ~ clear braces that can achieve a beautiful smile and correct bite issues at the same time. Again, discussing your concerns & goals with your dentist is key in choosing how you should move forward with cosmetic dentistry!
Have a great day!
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 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.
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