How To Remove Veneers When You Don’t Want Them Anymore

Do you want to remove your veneers?

Whether you’re looking for a change or they need replacing, it’s essential to know how to remove them safely and effectively. 


Why Do People Remove Veneers?

Many people want veneers as a faster and more affordable option to have that “perfect” smile. Instead of investing time and money into Invisalign and professional teeth whitening, veneers can get you a bright, straight smile with half the hassle. 

While they’re durable and long-lasting, there are times when you may want to remove them. Here are some reasons why:

  1. Wear and tear: Veneers can last up to 10-15 years, but they can become worn down over time, requiring replacement.
  2. Change in appearance: Some people may want to remove their veneers because they no longer like how they look.
  3. Damage: Accidents or injuries can damage your veneers, so your dentist may want to remove them to protect the underlying teeth.


Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Veneers

Step 1: Consult with your dentist

The first step in removing veneers is to consult with your dentist. They can evaluate your oral health and determine if removing the shells is your best option. Your dentist will also inform you of any risks and what to expect during the process.

Step 2: Prepare for the procedure

Before removing your veneers, your dentist must numb the area around the teeth. They will use a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure.

Step 3: Remove the veneers

Your dentist will carefully remove the veneers using a dental drill or other specialized tools. They will remove the bonding material that holds the shells in place. Once they remove the bonding, they will gently lift the veneers off the teeth.

Step 4: Clean the teeth

From here, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly. They may also apply fluoride to help protect your teeth and reduce sensitivity.

Step 5: Evaluate the teeth

Your teeth may have become brittle after wearing veneers. Your dentist will want to make sure they’re healthy because you might need additional treatment (i.e. a tooth pulled, root canal, or teeth whitening). They may even recommend replacing the veneers.


Possible Risks of Removing Veneers

Although removing veneers is a safe and straightforward procedure, there are some risks involved. Here are some potential risks to be aware of:

  1. Tooth sensitivity: You may experience tooth sensitivity after removal, especially if they have been in place for a long time.
  2. Damage to the teeth: There is a small risk of damage to the teeth during the removal process. However, this is rare, and working with an experienced dentist can help minimize the risk.

One study used an actual laser to remove veneers. They said, “Removal of ceramic crowns and veneers from tooth surfaces can be successfully done by Er:YAG laser application in a less time-consuming procedure and without any harm to the underlying dentin.” Just know that this is not the standard method.


Removing veneers may seem daunting, but it’s a safe and straightforward procedure when done correctly. Following this step-by-step guide and working with an experienced dentist can safely remove your veneers and improve your oral health. 


How often do veneers need to be replaced?

In general, veneers can last anywhere from 7-15 years. However, it’s not uncommon for them to need replacement sooner if they become damaged or worn down. Your dentist can provide more information about how often you should replace your veneers based on your circumstances.

Can veneers be removed without a dentist?

Attempting to remove veneers without the help of a dentist is not recommended. Dentists use strong dental cement to attach the veneers, which can cause damage to the teeth if not removed properly. Removing veneers requires specialized tools and expertise to ensure the process is done safely and effectively. It’s essential to consult with a dentist if you are considering removing your veneers.

How long does it take to remove veneers?

The process can generally take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more. However, it depends on how many you want removed and even your dentist’s experience. 

Will removing veneers hurt?

Removing veneers should not cause significant pain or discomfort since local anesthesia can numb the area. However, it is possible to experience some sensitivity or discomfort during the process and some soreness or tenderness.

Can I get new veneers after removing the old ones?

Yes, it is possible to get new veneers after removing the old ones. However, your dentist can evaluate your teeth and determine whether new veneers are a good option for you. They will consider factors such as the condition of your teeth, overall oral health, and aesthetic goals to help you decide whether to proceed with new veneers.

How much does it cost to remove veneers?

The cost can generally range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Discussing the price with your dentist and ensuring you understand all the potential costs associated with the process is essential.

Will my teeth look the same after the veneers are removed?

Your teeth may look slightly different after your dentist removes your veneers. They will no longer have the additional layer of material they provided. However, your dentist will ensure that your teeth look as natural as possible after removing the veneers. 

Are you thinking about removing or replacing your veneers? Schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Lasry, or, If you’re in Los Angeles, give us a call at 310-734-7705. 

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