how long do veneers last?
Thinking about getting veneers? Be sure to check out this short blog post from Smileform Dentistry to discover everything you need to know about them!
And especially to answer the no.1 most common question patients have about it:
How long do they last?
WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are a type of dental prosthetic used to change the appearance of your smile. They are a thin layer of porcelain, which gets bonded to the natural surface of your teeth.
To get veneers, the dentist needs to shave a bit of your tooth enamel to create a rough texture which will allow the veneers to properly bond to your teeth and stay in place. However, the amount of enamel shaved is very small and will not cause any change to your dental health.
HOW LONG CAN VENEERS LAST?
Veneers are definitely a long-term solution for a new smile.
With the right care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last for 15-20 years, even longer.
However, it’s important to note that should veneers get damaged, you will need to replace them. This is because tooth enamel does not regenerate like other tissues in your body do, so getting veneers is very much a permanent decision you’ll be making.
The good news is that porcelain veneers are strong, and with a bit of care you can enjoy your new smile for decades!
WHAT MAKES SOMEONE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR VENEERS?
Veneers can be used to address a variety of cosmetic dental concerns:
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severe staining or discoloration
- Irregularly sized teeth
In some cases, veneers can also be a great choice to address small chips or cracks in the teeth.
If you’re in generally good oral health, you’re likely a great candidate for veneers. The only way to know for sure, however, is to get a consultation and allow the dentist to properly review your case and see whether veneers are right for you.
WHAT CAN AFFECT THE LIFESPAN OF A VENEER?
Oral health and lifestyle are the two main factors that can impact the lifespan of veneers, just as with your natural teeth.
To protect your veneers, you have to:
- Have good oral hygiene
- Stop smoking
- Avoid biting down on hard objects
- Don’t open bags with your teeth
- Reduce the consumption of hard foods
- Avoid highly staining foods and beverages such as citruses, tomato sauces, or drinks with artificial colorings
- See the dentist routinely to get professional teeth cleaning and a check-up
INTERESTED IN VENEERS? STOP BY SMILEFORM DENTISTRY!
If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for veneers, Dr. Inna Solovey can help you find out in just one consultation.
Book an appointment at Smileform Dentistry online to find out how you can improve your smile!
Have more questions about veneers or our services? Then call our office at (267) 692-2922 for a short chat.