How Long Do Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are versatile dental restorations that can address many cosmetic flaws, including discoloration, superficial dental damage, misshaped teeth, and gapped teeth. In just two dental appointments, porcelain veneers can conceal imperfections and completely makeover the smile.
Dr. John Goodman receives many requests for porcelain veneers at his Kansas City, MO, dental practice. When considering this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, one of the most common questions for patients to ask is “how long do veneers last?” The answer is not as straightforward as one may think. Here, we discuss the typical veneers lifespan and the factors that could make them last longer.
Typical Veneers Lifespan
Before committing to porcelain veneers treatment, it is understandable that people want to know how long the restorations can last. Unfortunately, each situation is unique, so we can’t guarantee that veneers will last for a specific timeframe. Instead, we inform our Kansas City patients of the lifespan of the typical veneers. With proper care and optimal circumstances, veneers generally last 10 years or longer.
Factors That Affect Veneers Lifespan
There are two factors that have a particular effect on the lifespan of veneers: the type of veneers and how the veneers are cared for.
Veneers can be made of composite materials or porcelain. Composite veneers are made of a synthetic mix of resin and glass. Composite veneers require the removal of less tooth enamel than porcelain veneers so they are referred to as minimal prep veneers. The drawback of composite veneers is they are not as durable as porcelain veneers. Composite veneers tend to last between five and 10 years, whereas porcelain veneers often last longer than 10 years.
Oral hygiene and care practices also have an impact on the lifespan of veneers. Even though veneers are not susceptible to decay like natural teeth, they can be damaged. The tissues surrounding veneers and the teeth beneath veneers can also become damaged or infected. If the smile is not cared for properly and veneers are damaged or oral issues develop, the lifetime of veneers could be shortened.
Tips to Prolong the Lifespan of Your Veneers
There are many steps our Kansas City patients can take to preserve oral health and prolong the lifespan of their veneers. We recommend the following care tips for porcelain veneers patients:
- Brush the teeth at least twice a day and floss daily
- Refrain from clenching or grinding the teeth
- Avoid foods that are particularly hard, crunchy, or chewy
- Wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports
Veneers are not meant to last forever, but they can be replaced easily. When veneers become damaged or worn down, they can be removed and new ones can be placed in a procedure that is very similar to the initial veneers treatment.
If minor cosmetic flaws are preventing you from enjoying the beauty of your smile, you may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers. To learn more about this popular dental treatment, send us a message online or call (816) 842-8585 and schedule an appointment at our Kansas City dental practice.