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Can I Get Porcelain Veneers Removed If I Don’t Like Them?

I have thought about getting porcelain veneers for the last two years. Six of my top front teeth are discolored, and teeth whitening hasn’t helped them much. Two of the teeth are chipped, too. I have hesitated to get veneers because I don’t want to be stuck with something I don’t like. Can I get the veneers removed if I don’t like them? Thank you. Isadora from FL


Thank you for contacting Radiant Smiles of Rocky Hill. We understand your concerns about dental treatment and how it can affect your smile and self-esteem.

Can You Remove Porcelain Veneers Removed If You Don’t Like Them?

If you don’t like your porcelain veneers, a dentist can remove and replace them with new veneers. But we encourage patients to research the porcelain veneers process and choose a dentist carefully to ensure they are satisfied with the results.

If you choose a highly skilled cosmetic dentist, they will ensure you are delighted with your veneers using these steps:

  • Listen to your concerns and your description of your ideal smile
  • Show you smile photos to help you make decisions about your tooth shape and shade
  • Use your facial features and personalities to design veneers that are customized for you
  • Create temporary veneers for you to wear and try out to ensure you will love your porcelain veneers
  • Work with a master dental ceramist who uses high-quality materials to craft natural-looking porcelain veneers

How Can You Select a Cosmetic Dentist for Veneers?

You can select a cosmetic dentist for porcelain veneers with these steps:

  • Ask friends or family members for recommendations.
  • Read patient reviews and look for comments about porcelain veneers.
  • Search each dentist’s website for their training and credentials, including advanced cosmetic dentistry training.
  • Look at each dentist’s website for a smile gallery of patient photos, including porcelain veneers.
  • Schedule at least two consultations with cosmetic dentists to discuss your smile goals and the dentist’s experience with cases like yours.
  • Take notes during the consultations.
  • Ask each dentist how they will achieve your ideal smile. The dentist’s technique should include temporary veneers for you to try out.

Your efforts to find a skilled cosmetic will ensure you love your porcelain veneers and do not want them removed.

Before and after porcelain veneer photos of a woman's smile from Dr. Michalski in Rocky Hill, CT
Dr. Michalksi beautifully restored his patient’s smile with porcelain veneers


This post is sponsored by Rocky Hill, CT, cosmetic dentist Dr. Thaddeus Michalski.

I Didn’t Have TMJ Until I Went to the Dentist

Although my teeth were in bad shape because I hadn’t been to a dentist in three years, I didn’t have TMJ until after my dental appointment. I saw a new dentist in September 2022. After an exam and x-rays, I agreed to gum disease treatment, fillings for a few teeth, and four dental crowns. I got the crowns in early December and have had trouble with them since then. The dentist keeps adjusting my bite but can’t seem to get it right. I have jaw pain on the right side of my mouth, and chewing on that side is uncomfortable. I think this dentist created a new problem and asking me to wear a mouthguard at night is an insult. I am worried that my bite will be off forever. I took a break from the dentist to think about what to do next. Can my TMJ problems be reversed? Thanks. Kenneth from Spokane, WA


You had a lot of work on your teeth, so we understand your concerns.

Did Dental Treatment Cause TMJ?

Dental treatment does not usually cause TMJ. If you have long dental appointments, your jaw muscles can get sore from being open. If you feel muscle soreness only, applying warm towels on your face will relieve your temporary discomfort.

Jaw Muscle Soreness from Dental Crowns

Diagram of the side of a skull with the TMJ jaw joint and ligament, dsik, condyle highlighted
Consult with a dentist with advanced TMJ training for a second opinion on dental crowns

If your jaw muscles are sore from dental crowns, your bite is off. It takes skill and advanced training in occlusion and bite (the way your upper and lower teeth meet.) Your soreness and other symptoms will persist until you find a dentist to correct your bite.

If a dentist cannot adjust your bite with crowns, the problem may be related to one or more of these factors:

  • Inaccurate impressions of your teeth
  • Aggressively preparing your teeth for crowns
  • Faulty bonding techniques with the crowns
  • Poorly constructed crowns

We recommend scheduling a consultation with an advanced cosmetic dentist with TMJ training to examine your teeth and crowns and identify the source of your discomfort.


Rocky Hill, Connecticut, cosmetic dentist Dr. Thaddeus Michalski sponsors this post.