Porcelain veneers are technically removable, but whether removing them is practical depends on how much preparation was necessary to place the veneers.
In preparing your teeth to receive porcelain veneers, it is necessary to remove some of the dental enamel. This is necessary to ensure that once the veneer is placed it creates a single smooth surface. When veneers are placed without removing enamel, it can create a ledge that becomes a harborage for bacteria, which can lead to decay at the edge of the veneer that can progress under and behind the veneer. Removing dental enamel is the best way to ensure great cosmetic results that enhance and protect your teeth.
How much enamel is removed depends on what type of results you are looking for. If you are just looking to lengthen your teeth, whiten your smile, or cover chips, the amount of enamel removed from your teeth is practically imperceptible. If porcelain veneers were used to straighten teeth, it may be necessary to remove more enamel. In this case, removing veneers will reveal a reshaped and potentially unattractive tooth.
Another important question is: why would you want to remove porcelain veneers? Most people who get porcelain veneers are happy with the results. Since porcelain veneers have a long lifespan (95% are still in place after 11 years), it is unnecessary to remove them very often for replacement. You can see some examples of the great results people have gotten from porcelain veneers at Strober Dental in our before and after gallery. Why would anyone want to remove their veneers and go back to the smile they had before?
“Removable” is a characteristic promoted by a type of porcelain veneer that often gives lower-quality results and people may actually want them removed. At Strober Dental, our focus is on giving all our San Diego patients dental restorations that they would never consider removing. To learn more about our quality restorations, please contact us today to schedule your consultation with dentist Rod Strober.