How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are a fast and simple way to enhance the appearance of the smile. Veneers bond to the facial surface of the teeth to conceal cosmetic blemishes, such as dental stains, tooth discoloration, gaps, chips, cracks, and fractures. Veneers look and feel like natural teeth so they blend in seamlessly.
When considering veneers treatment at Brooklyn Heights Dental, which serves individuals from Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, and Fort Greene, patients often ask how long veneers last. Veneers are long-lasting. Here, we discuss the lifespan of veneers, and what patients can do to enjoy their veneers for many years.
Average Veneers Lifespan
It is impossible to guarantee how long veneers will last because their lifespan is dependent on a couple of different factors, including how well they are cared for and what type of material is used to fabricate the veneers.
Veneers are usually made of either porcelain or composite resin material. Composite resin veneers generally do not last as long as porcelain veneers, but with proper care, they should last between four and eight years. Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite resin veneers. When porcelain veneers are cared for properly, they have the potential to last at least 10 years or longer.
Prolonging the Lifespan of Veneers
The materials used to fabricate veneers have a big impact on their lifespan, but it is equally important how the veneers are cared for. Although veneers are built to withstand the wear and tear of normal oral functions, they are still susceptible to damage, just like natural teeth. To preserve the strength of veneers and promote a long lifespan, patients should follow a few key practices.
- Practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing at least twice daily and flossing
- Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year
- Avoid biting on non-food objects or using the teeth as tools
- Refrain from teeth grinding or clenching
- Always use a mouthguard when participating in contact sports
What To Do About Damaged Veneers
No matter how well a person cares for their veneers, they are likely to become damaged or worn down at some point. Damaged veneers put natural teeth at risk of tooth decay and infection, so it is important to address any damage as soon as possible. Unlike some other dental restorations, veneers cannot be repaired. Instead, when veneers are broken, worn, or damaged, they should be replaced.
Replacing veneers is quite simple. Old veneers are removed and the teeth are cleaned of any remaining bonding material. Once the teeth are clean, dental molds are taken. These molds are used to fabricate a new set of veneers that will fit comfortably and securely. Completed veneers are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth so that patients can enjoy a beautiful smile for another 10 years or more.
If your smile has been compromised by aesthetic imperfections, veneers may be the ideal solution for restoring the smile to its natural beauty. To learn more about veneer treatment and the best way to care for them, send us a message online or call (718) 857-6639 and schedule an appointment at Brooklyn Heights Dental.