Can Dental Veneers Be Removed?

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Can Dental Veneers Be Removed?

Can dental veneers be replaced? The short answer is yes, they can be removed. There can be a slight difference in the difficulty associated with removing them. Composite veneers are by far a lot easier to remove compared to ceramic veneers and often it is needed because especially with composite veneers over time, wear and tear over the years, they can discolour. They can chip. They don’t retain the same aesthetics that they did when they were first placed. And so patients often at that five to seven-year mark with composite veneers come back in to see us in order for us to replace them and refresh the veneers.

Ceramic veneers do last a lot longer typically or the benchmark that we throw around when it comes to the longevity of veneers is about 10 years. However, at that 10-year mark, a lot of patients want a refresh of their veneers. They find sometimes that the natural teeth are no longer matching the ceramic veneers in shade and whitening doesn’t always correct this. And so they want to replace the veneers with a much more natural-looking colour. There are patients also where we see a little bit of a change in the gum level. And so you have a little bit more exposure to their teeth and root surfaces around the actual veneers. And that typically doesn’t look very nice. And so they would usually have them replace so that we can make the teeth homogenous and uniform in colour again.

So yes, the short answer to the question is we can remove them, but it is a little bit more difficult when it comes to ceramic veneers, but it is certainly doable. And there are a lot of indications for the replacement of veneers, especially with wear and tear and aging that can occur with our natural dentition.

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