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Do You Take Veneers Out At Night?

Bonded on veneers don't get taken out at night but snap on veneers can be and should be removed at night time. Therefore, it really depends on what type you have and it would behoove you to review the aftercare instructions.


Bonded veneers cannot be taken out

Traditionally, porcelain veneers are bonded onto the teeth and thus, cannot be removed even if you wanted to take them off. These are the type that you see on all of the A-list hollywood stars. They cannot be taken out at night time before bed.


veneer on dental model
veneer on dental model

Why it can't be taken off: The veneers are bonded onto the tooth surface using a complex process to ensure that it doesn't come off while eating and talking.

  • Porcelain is etched and then primed.

  • Tooth surface is conditioned and primed.

  • A layer of bonding is cured in between the porcelain and tooth


The photos below show how it sits on the facial surface of the teeth. There is no way for it to stay on unless it is properly bonded.



After the bonding process, it will not come off unless you crack it. This type of bonding is very different from gluing on a dental crown. Typically most crowns are cemented on which is different from being bonded on.


cracked veneer
cracked veneer

The photo above shows a veneer that cracked in half. As you can see, the portion that remains on the tooth is still sturdily bonded on.


Ultimately, the point that I want to make is that you will not be able to take off your veneer at night if it is the type that is bonded on.


 

Snap on veneers can be taken out at night

Dental veneers that are not bonded on such as snap on veneers can be taken off at night time before bed. The main reason being that they are not bonded onto the teeth. In other words, there is no glue/adhesive to hold it onto the teeth.


The video below shows a patient putting on their snap on prosthesis. This is to give you an idea of what we are talking about.



Just as easily these are able to be snapped onto your teeth, they are also easily removed from the mouth as well. In other words, if you have this type of prosthesis you will be able to remove and take them off at night.


 

Aftercare instructions

The great thing about veneers is that you don't have to do anything special to take care of them. You can practically treat them as if they were your natural tooth.


How to take care of them:

  • Brush them for 2 mins twice a day.

  • Floss them before bed time.

  • Avoid eating hard foods if you want to extend their longevity.


You can eat whatever food you want but if you choose to eat extremely hard foods such as ice cubes and crab legs which can crack even natural teeth, you will be asking for trouble. Having these types of food habits will increase the likelihood of you damaging your precious porcelain laminates.


If you have the snap on variety, you should take them off before bed. Aside from that you can brush them and also treat them similar to how you would take care of dentures.


 

Verdict

You cannot take off veneers that are bonded on your teeth but you can remove the snap on ones. For the former you will need to brush and floss them as if they were your natural dentition while the latter you treat them more like dentures.


Our dentists in Long island City recommend doing the bonded on laminates and NOT the snap on ones because there is no comparison aesthetic wise.

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!

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