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Are Veneers Permanent?

Discover if veneers are truly permanent, including their durability & maintenance requirements, as a long-term solution.

Veneers are considered a longer-term solution because they change the structure of your natural teeth—so it’s important to consider your options before choosing them for transforming your smile.

Let’s explore the answer to the question, are veneers permanent?

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What Makes Veneers Permanent?

Getting veneers means your Aspen Dental dentist will need to carefully reshape your tooth enamel, which is an irreversible process. So while veneers are a great option for correcting tooth imperfections like chips and gaps, they’re also considered a long-term solution.

Veneers are thin shells made from various materials bonded to the front of teeth. Emax (lithium disilicate) or ceramic options are popular due to their strength, durability and aesthetic qualities. Depending on the type of material, it may have a lifespan of 10 years or even longer.

Discover the truth about veneers: Are they truly permanent?

Veneers are a durable solution for correcting cosmetic imperfections.

Although they’re built to last, it’s worth noting that they may require a crown in the future. Learn more about the veneers process.

Irreversible tooth modification

  • Veneers commit teeth to ongoing protection

  • The bonding process requires enamel removal. This also prevents the tooth from becoming too bulky so you can have the most comfortable fit

Robust bonding process

  • Advance bonding system securely adheres veneer to tooth

  • This ensures longevity and resistance to daily stressors

Durable materials

  • Veneers protect weakened enamel with a stronger material

  • They maintain a beautiful appearance and are resistant to stains


  • Veneers can be a more aesthetic option than using composite resin fillings

  • Treats teeth discoloration, gaps or chips

Maintenance and health

  • For teeth that have been weakened by cavities or demineralization, veneers can be protective of continuous breakdown

  • They are easy to care for and can last more than 10 years

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Porcelain veneers vs. composite veneers

Are porcelain veneers permanent?

Porcelain veneers are not permanent and typically last 10-15 years depending on how well you care for them and your oral health.

Are composite veneers permanent?

Composite veneers are not permanent and usually last 5-10 years. Their appearance can be less than perfect in that it’s challenging to exactly match color, shape and homogeneity with the rest of your teeth. They cover the entire facial surface of the tooth.

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Veneers for an effortless smile

Ready to transform your smile? Veneers might be the perfect solution. Reach out to your local Aspen Dental office to learn more. 

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