There are no permanent restorations in dentistry, as they all need to be replaced periodically to make sure they're functioning well. However, since we use premium materials for porcelain veneers at our Bangor, ME dental office, you can expect yours to last at least ten years—provided that you care for them correctly.
How veneers might be considered "permanent"
If you hear someone refer to dental veneers as being permanent, they are probably referring to the irreversible change that we need to make to your veneer teeth. Since we customize each porcelain veneer for your smile, Dr. Buxton must alter the shape and size of the tooth he’s treating to create a seamless appearance. Once dental enamel is gone, however, it’s gone for good, so getting dental veneers is considered a lifetime commitment.
However, if you are hesitant about making such a commitment, there is another option—direct veneers. Instead of taking impressions and having a custom lab create your veneers, Dr. Buxton uses tooth-colored composite material to shape your veneers directly on each tooth here at our Bangor, ME dental office. He needs to remove little—if any—dental enamel to place direct veneers, so we can take them off your teeth at any time if you change your mind.
Direct veneers do cost less, but they only last about five years before they need to be replaced or removed. And while the dental composite looks similar to dental enamel, it’s no match for the translucency and brilliance of dental porcelain.
Interested in veneers or other cosmetics? Call us today
Are you considering porcelain veneers in Bangor and need some more information? Please call Maine Family Dental to arrange an appointment with Dr. Buxton to get started, and he’ll be happy to explain the pros and cons of each type of veneer.