Is it Permissible to Put Veneers on My Teeth?
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Is it Permissible to Put Veneers on My Teeth?

Questioner

Ellia

Reply Date

May 14, 2017

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. Is it haram to have veneers (like a thin layer of wood over your normal teeth to make them look more presentable)?

Mufti

Answer


Is it Permissible to Put Veneers on My Teeth?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

If putting veneers is simply a cosmetic procedure, it is not allowed or desirable. If, however, it is a corrective procedure intended to correct a deformity, then it is allowed.

 


Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

 If putting veneers is simply a cosmetic procedure, it is not allowed or desirable. If, however, it is a corrective procedure intended to correct a deformity, then it is allowed.

Having said this, however, I must caution you against resorting to this procedure simply for cosmetic purposes; for to do so for mere cosmetic reasons is considered akin to mutilation of the creation of Allah.

If, on the other hand, it is considered a deformity and your teeth alignment causes you emotional and psychological harm as it invites jeers and laughs, then that is considered a genuine reason for undertaking such a corrective surgery.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have told `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her): “You are allowed to remove what is objectionable and causing harm!” One of the accepted principles of jurisprudence states, “harm/injury shall be averted”.

There are also precedents from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the sources that he allowed his companions to resort to corrective procedures in case of broken teeth and noses.

Almighty Allah knows best.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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