If your teeth are stained, chipped, misshapen, or gapped and you’re looking for an effective and permanent fix, you may want to consider dental veneers. Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain or composite shells that are bonded to the surface of your teeth to correct stains, chips, gaps, and minor misalignment issues.

Because veneers are permanent, you’ll need to consult with your dentist to decide whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. A dental specialist will answer all your questions, including one of the most common questions patients ask about veneers: are they bad for your teeth? The short answer is no, veneers do not harm or damage your teeth. The longer answer is that veneers can actually strengthen your teeth and keep your smile looking great for decades. Here’s a brief explanation why:

How do veneers work?

Whether you need one veneer or a full-mouth makeover, veneers are custom designed and fabricated to fit your smile for a healthy, natural look. The process of installing veneers starts with your dentist making a model or impression of your teeth to ensure the veneers look as natural as possible. An outside laboratory will construct your veneers, and your dentist will schedule your next appointment as soon as they’re ready for use. At the next visit, your dentist will remove about half a millimeter of enamel from the surface of your teeth to make room for the veneers. With the help of a bonding agent, the veneers will be attached to your teeth and then shaped and polished until they look perfect—like real, natural teeth.

Do veneers ruin your natural teeth?

The bonding agent used with veneers, usually a type of composite resin, is not harmful to your natural teeth, so you don’t have to worry about ruining them with veneers. Porcelain veneers in particular even have a couple of additional benefits. For one, they are much more resistant to staining than natural teeth, so you won’t have to worry about coffee, tea, or red wine any longer. Secondly, porcelain veneers are incredibly strong and less vulnerable to damage than your natural teeth. It’s important to remember, however, that while the veneers will protect the front sides of your teeth, the backsides will still be vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. So it’s important to maintain a twice-daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing and to visit your dentist regularly.

Get a free consultation

The first step of any dental procedure is to consult with your dentist. Not everyone is a viable candidate for dental veneers, but a thorough exam including X-rays will help your dentist determine whether dental veneers are right for you. At San Diego Dental Specialty Center, our dental veneer specialist, Dr. Gene Moore, has been perfecting his craft for over 45 years and is committed to keeping up with the latest dental technology and trends. If you’d like a free consultation to see whether you’re a good candidate for dental veneers, or you want to learn more about how veneers can improve your smile, fill out our contact form or call us at (619) 272-6246 to schedule an appointment.