Are veneers permanent?

Are veneers permanent? - Harley Street Smile Clinic Are veneers permanent?

Ask someone what their biggest fear is about getting a cosmetic procedure and up there with botched jobs, disappointing results and experiencing pain, is the worry about being stuck with the results – like them or not – forever.  

The finality of any cosmetic procedure is one of the biggest factors putting people off having work done, with worries about what happens if you change your mind or don’t like how it looks being a major concern.

No big surprise then, that one of the questions we get asked most about veneers, here at the Smile Clinic is – are they permanent?

Officially the answer is easy – yes. But as with all things, it’s not totally clear-cut.

Want to know more and be sure you fully understand the permanency involved with veneers?  Then keep reading as we take a closer look at this frequently asked question. 

Are veneers forever – yes or no?

By definition, something permanent is designed to last for a very long time without changing. So commit to a ‘permanent procedure’ and you’ll need to be confident you’re going to be happy with the results.

Fortunately, veneers offer a greater degree of flexibility than this but it’s important to establish that not all veneers are the same…

Porcelain veneers

Traditional porcelain veneers are considered permanent. This is because, whilst only a minimal amount, they do require a small percentage of enamel to be shaved from the tooth before being fitted.

This enamel can never be restored, making the treatment irreversible and therefore ‘permanent’.

But here’s the thing.

Whilst returning to your original teeth may not be possible, you’re still free to alter the look of your veneers at any time. Chosen veneers that are too white? Or not dazzling enough? Then it’s no problem to change them.

Likewise, you’re free to change your restoration option. So, if you decide veneers aren’t for you, you can still switch to an alternative treatment such as crowns or bridges. 

No prep-veneers

The more modern approach of no-prep veneers is a non-invasive and fully reversible procedure.

Requiring no reduction in tooth enamel, this type of veneer is still designed to last for upwards of 15 years but can be removed at any time if you decide you’d prefer to return to the natural tooth surface.   

Can you replace veneers?


Both non-prep and porcelain veneers can be replaced. So if you encounter any problems, a veneer chips or breaks, or you simply change your mind about the shade of white you’ve chosen, you have complete freedom to make changes.

The only key difference is that only non-prep veneers offer the possibility of returning to your original teeth. Whereas with porcelain veneers, you have the flexibility to make changes but not to revert back to the natural tooth.

How often do veneers need replacing?

Both porcelain and non-prep veneers can offer upward of 15 years of wear, but only with the right care and attention.

How to make sure your veneers last

The key to keeping veneers in good condition is pretty simple – look after them as well as you would your natural teeth.

By this we mean:

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools

Ripping cellotape or opening packets are a no-no. Teeth are not tools and shouldn’t be used as such so don’t make the mistake of thinking your veneers are shields – they can help to protect the tooth underneath, but will damage easily if not cared for properly. 

  • Brush twice a day

For clean, healthy veneers that maintain their good looks, following a good oral hygiene routine is essential. So be sure to still make time to brush at least twice a day.

  • Keep to regular dental check-ups

Sticking to your usual dental checkups is still important, don’t be tempted to skip a trip to the dentist just because you now have veneers.

  • Wear a guard

If you grind your teeth at night (or enjoy a game of cricket!), ask your dentist about mouth guards. When veneers can make your smile look so good, it’s worth protecting.

Got more questions?

Got more questions about veneers? Ask away.

There’s nothing we don’t know about this popular procedure and we’re always happy to share our expertise. Why not read our blog on the most commonly asked questions, and if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, get in touch with the team?

You can call us on 020 7971 1909, email [email protected] or fill in our contact form and we’ll be back in touch.

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