Many people who have received porcelain veneers are disappointed with the results because they didn’t realize the importance of choosing a cosmetic dentist for their smile makeover. If you are disappointed with your porcelain veneers, can you have them removed and replaced with dental bonding? Consider the facts.
Dissatisfied with Porcelain Veneers?
Your porcelain veneers can definitely be removed. If you are dissatisfied with your with them, in most cases, they need to be replaced with new veneers. There are some factors that will determine if dental bonding can be used after your veneers are removed.
Remaining Tooth Structure
The type of porcelain veneers you received—prep or no-prep—will influence your treatment options after the veneers are removed.
- Veneers that require preparation of your natural teeth – In most cases, your natural teeth are lightly shaved in preparation for veneers. The preparation helps the veneers look natural at your gumline and prevents your teeth from looking bulky. If your teeth were prepared for your current veneers, the reduction of your tooth structure might not be suitable for dental bonding. Also, if your teeth were prepared, much of your tooth enamel was likely removed and the dentin—the layer beneath your teeth—is now visible as the outer layer of your teeth. If dental composite is placed on dentin, the seal might not be as strong.
- No-prep veneers – If you received ultra-thin no-prep veneers, a skilled cosmetic dentist might consider bonding as an option to restoring your teeth after your current porcelain veneers are removed. But your bite will need to be examined first.
Your bite, or the way your upper and lower teeth fit together when you bite or chew, can affect your options for cosmetic dentistry. Dental bonding might not be appropriate for your bite.
Don’t Insist on Replacing Your Porcelain Veneers with Bonding
Your teeth need to be examined by an experienced cosmetic dentist. Depending on the condition of your natural teeth and your bite, he or she will determine the best treatment—dental bonding, new porcelain veneers, or another option.
Most dentists lack the artistic inclination to provide you with beautiful composite bonding or porcelain veneers. It might cost more to receive treatment from a cosmetic dentist, but you’ll also get better, longer-lasting results.
- We recommend that you spend some time searching for experienced cosmetic dentists—preferably accredited cosmetic dentists—in your area.
- You can schedule consultations with at least two cosmetic dentists to discuss your options for removing your porcelain veneers and restoring your teeth.
- One option that some dentists offer is a complimentary virtual smile consultation. Use that to explore your option before committing to any treatment.
- Ask each dentist how many cases like yours he or she has resolved.
- Ask to see actual patient photos.
This post is sponsored by Lexington, KY cosmetic dentist Dr. Fred Arnold, an accredited fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.