Dental veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile, but how long do they last? The answer depends on the type of veneer you choose and how well you take care of them. Porcelain laminated veneers can last up to 12 years, while composite resin veneers should be replaced after 4-8 years. With proper care, dental veneers can last up to 30 years. It's important to take precautions when eating and drinking with dental veneers, as they are not indestructible.
Porcelain is glass-like and can break under excessive pressure, so avoid opening bottles with your teeth, chewing on ice, or biting your nails. People who grind their teeth at night should wear a night guard to protect their veneers. Before getting dental veneers, your dentist will perform an oral exam to check the condition of your teeth and gums. Some enamel will need to be removed from your teeth to make room for the veneers, and you may need to wear a temporary veneer while you wait.
Composite veneers are sometimes used as diagnostic restorations so that you can evaluate the proposed changes before committing to porcelain veneers. Dental veneers are a great solution for stained or discolored teeth, which can be caused by several different factors. Veneers are thin layers that are applied directly to the teeth, masking imperfections and creating a more beautiful smile. Every time veneers are placed on the teeth, some enamel must be removed to make room for them. The life expectancy of dental veneers is comparable to that of dental crowns placed in areas where aesthetics are important (i.e., patients with chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth). Veneers may need to be replaced at some point in your life, especially if you get them at a young age.
The main benefit of using these materials for the manufacture of veneers is that they are much stronger than traditional dental ceramics.