When it comes to dental veneers, the question of whether they can last forever is a common one. The answer is that while veneers won't last forever, they can last a lifetime with proper care. Porcelain veneers typically last an average of 10 to 15 years, but with the right care, they can last much longer. Veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.
They are made of either porcelain or composite resin and are placed over the surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite resin veneers, making them less likely to chip or break. To ensure that your veneers last as long as possible, it's important to practice good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Additionally, it's important to avoid consuming foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine. While these beverages don't stain the veneers themselves (porcelain veneers rarely stain), consuming them in excess could stain your remaining teeth. If your veneer is damaged or worn out, it can be replaced. Most patients replace their veneers at some point in their lives, as veneers last up to 12 years.
However, with proper care and maintenance, you can extend the life of your veneers and make them last a lifetime.