I am considering porcelain veneers to reshape my teeth, close some gaps, and even out my smile. It is their permanency that makes me nervous, though. I know a dentist cements them on. What if I don’t like them? I visited one dentist who showed me digital before and after pictures of myself, but what if the real thing looks bad? Can a dentist reverse porcelain veneers if I don’t want them anymore? – Thank you. Gustavo from Georgia
Gustavos – When a cosmetic dentist places your porcelain veneers, you will have plenty of input and opportunities to say what you do or don’t like about your smile makeover.
Are Porcelain Veneers Reversible?
After a dentist prepares your teeth and bond veneers to them, porcelain veneers are not reversible. The only way to improve your smile is to have a dentist remove your veneers and replace them with new ones. But you take to choose a cosmetic dentist, you will love your veneers.
How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist for Porcelain Veneers
Before you choose a cosmetic dentist for porcelain veneers, do some online research to find cosmetic dentists with advanced training in the art. Afterward, take these steps:
- Schedule consultations – Schedule consultations with two to three advanced cosmetic dentists.
- View smile galleries – Each dentist should have an online or digital smile gallery of porcelain veneers patients with before-and-after photos.
- Ask about a digital model – A cosmetic dentist may also show you digital images of yourself with a proposed new smile design.
- Ask if and how much your teeth will be prepared – Choose a dentist who conservatively prepares teeth for veneers.
- Look for a dentist who provides wax models – A skilled cosmetic dentist will make a wax model of your veneers.
- Ask about temporary veneers – If it is not automatically offered, you can request a try-in model, made of dental composite. The try-in model will give you a precise idea of how the finished product will look and feel.
Dr. Imam encourages his porcelain veneers patients to tell him exactly how they feel about the look and feel of their veneers. If there are any concerns, he will adjust the veneers or ask his master ceramist to remake them.
We stress importance of finding a skilled cosmetic dentist to complete your smile makeover. The results will be long-lasting and amazing. Otherwise, you can end up with veneers that you don’t like.
Cosmetic dentist Mohamed Imam, DDS of San Antonio, sponsors this post.