How Long Do Veneers Last?

Team Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Veneers

Are you seeking a solution to stained, chipped, gapped teeth, or misaligned teeth? If you are, then veneers are a terrific option. Maybe you already know how attractive and easy to apply veneers can be, but you still have one question - just how long do veneers last? 

In short, while they are not considered permanent, veneers can last a long time indeed with simple, good oral hygiene. And they’re a wonderful way to make your smile look it’s very best. 


What Exactly is a Veneer?


So what is a veneer? Dental veneers are made of thin, stain-resistant porcelain or composite dental resin. Whichever material they are made from, veneers are cemented on the front surface of teeth, improving the appearance of your teeth cosmetically as well as restoratively. They are quite simple to place on your teeth, too. 

As an initial step, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, so as to create a model for the veneer. Second step: your dental team will examine a tooth color guide to choose the most natural color match for your veneers with your teeth. The veneers themselves will be created in a dental lab and then, once received, your dentist will cement them onto your teeth.


While you cannot remove veneers again, they are simple to replace when they wear out. 


How Long Veneers Can Last


Usually, veneers last between 10 to 15 years. But precisely how long they last depends on both which type of veneer you choose and your own oral care. Both can help with extending the life of your veneers. 


Veneers are, in short, long lasting, but not permanent. All the same, they offer a long term benefit that greatly enhances your appearance and your overall dental health, and are a simple way to achieve the most attractive smile. 


Regular Dental Care


The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your veneers is to care for them just as you would for your natural teeth. That means brushing and flossing twice daily, and scheduling those regular six-month appointments with your skilled dentist for important regular check-ups and routine cleaning.


Maintain Good Oral Health

Maintaining good oral health also includes avoiding some things to preserve your veneers longevity. What should you avoid? Well, things that can be hard on your teeth, such as high-sugar foods like sodas or hard candy, chewing on ice or your fingernails, or using your teeth to open envelopes or a package. Of course, to preserve your natural teeth, avoiding those things is also the best idea.

One thing to remember: porcelain veneers are fairly stain-resistant, but composites react like your natural teeth do to substances. That means they can be stained from the various foods and beverages that you consume, making it a good idea to limit the consumption of beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as limiting the eating of some berries. 


One more important note to preserve veneer life: avoid teeth grinding. If that is a habit, your dentist can fit you with a comfortable mouthguard to avoid grinding and prevent the creation of  cracks or chips. 

Ready to Learn More About Applying Veneers?

Whether you’re considering full mouth veneers or just a single veneer, Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry is here and ready to help. Our experienced dental team is skilled in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry, including the application of veneers.

So, are you ready to learn more or schedule an appointment online? Just reach out to us today, and let us help you make your smile more beautiful than ever!