Dental veneers are basically thin shells that are applied to the front of your teeth, making them look even and undamaged. They can disguise imperfections in your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile. One important factor to keep in mind when deciding whether to go with veneers is how long they typically last. In this article, we’ll help answer that question and also look at what can affect the lifespan of dental veneers. Depending on the type of veneer you choose and other lifestyle factors, the lifespan of a veneer differs for every person.
When choosing what kind of dental veneer is right for you, you’ll need to weigh several factors, including the short- and long-term cost, the expected lifespan of the veneers, and the appearance you’re hoping to achieve.
What is dental veneer?
There are three basic options for people who are considering veneers. The two most common options are porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers. The third is a thinner porcelain veneer available only as Lumineers. Each has important differences that affect their longevity.
dental veneers are now a common cosmetic dentistry treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Veneers are small “shells” shaped to fit the surface of your teeth. They are permanently bonded to your teeth to serve any of several purposes:
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Severe discolorations
- Tiny teeth that you wish were larger
- Small holes in your teeth
- Gaps between your teeth
- Teeth that are too close together
How long does dental veneer last?
Porcelain has many common characteristics with glass, though it is not as fragile. Porcelain veneers are the strongest of the three types. When cared for properly, they can last ten to fifteen years and, often, longer. These are thicker than the alternative veneers, and are permanently bonded to your teeth. Because of the procedure used to apply them to your teeth, they will have to be replaced if they become chipped or cracked. There is no option to just have them removed.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin is another common material used for dental veneers. The procedure for applying composite resin veneers involves merely scratching or “roughing” the surface of each tooth, leaving the natural enamel otherwise unchanged. Composite resin is not as durable as porcelain and has a much shorter life expectancy–about six years. The upside is that these veneers can be repaired and may not need to be replaced if they are damaged. Another advantage is that if you don’t like your veneers, you can have them removed and return to your natural teeth.
Lumineers® are also made of porcelain, but are much thinner than standard porcelain veneers. Lumineers® have a lifespan comparable to standard veneers. Because they are placed using a “no drilling” technique similar to composite resin veneers, they are removable. They are, however, more fragile than porcelain veneers and they have a limited color choice. They can’t be repaired and must be replaced if chipped or cracked.
What determines how long dental veneers last?
With dental veneers, several factors can affect the lifespan of the type of veneer you choose. Let’s take a closer look at what can affect longevity.
- The state of your teeth prior to installation.According to some dentists, the state of your teeth prior to getting a veneer may affect the lifespan.
- The quality of the procedure:dentists take the time to bond veneers properly to the enamel of your teeth. This helps to achieve a strong connection that prevents the veneers from moving or slipping off.
- The type of materials:dentists source high-quality components for all of her procedures. She believes that patients should get the most from their investment in dental treatments, which is why dentists use porcelain veneers (rather than composite veneers, which they find= less durable).
- Patient care:You can avoid cracks and chips in your veneers with good dental practices. Avoid hard foods and don’t crunch your ice or chew on pencils and pens. dentists will likely recommend a treatment option other than porcelain veneers if you grind your teeth. Likewise, brushing your teeth and flossing can help avoid gum recession, which can expose the edges of the veneers.
Choosing the right dental provider and following good dental care can help you keep your veneers in excellent shape for longer.
Do veneers last longer than crowns?
Depending on the state of your teeth, you may be wondering about the benefits of veneers versus the benefits of crowns. One factor to consider is longevity.
There are several types of crowns, but they’re all basically a cap for a damaged tooth. They cover all or most of the tooth and can be created out of several different substances, including:
- composite resin
- a combination of materials
Crowns tend to be thicker than veneers. They’re 2 millimeters, compared to about 1 millimeter for veneers. Since they cover more of your tooth than a veneer, less of the tooth is exposed to new decay. Veneers only cover the front of your tooth and are most often applied to the front eight teeth.
The lifespan of a crown can vary. Depending on the material that’s used, a veneer can last 5 to 10 years on average.
How to make veneer last longer?
Once veneers are placed on the affected teeth, the patient can expect the desired results they have always wanted. However, just like natural teeth, they are still prone to certain damages when frequently exposed to habits or activities that can harm them. Proper maintenance of veneers is essential to prolong their lifespan. Here are the following precautions that patients should take in order to ensure and keep the condition of veneers in their best shape.
Refrain from frequent tooth grinding or bruxism
Tooth grinding or bruxism puts a lot of pressure on the teeth, which can lead to certain damages on both natural teeth and treated teeth. Problems with bruxism can be treated with a night guard that is worn over the teeth during sleep to reduce the pressure on the teeth and veneers.
Minimize eating or drinking highly pigmented foods and beverages
As much as possible, try to avoid or minimize exposure to substances that can stain cause the teeth to stain. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant; however, they are attached to the front of the teeth with a kind of bonding material that can take up the stain. When bonding materials absorb stains, the patient will end up having an outlined veneer.
Avoid biting or chewing hard foods and objects
Any extreme force can cause the porcelain veneers to crack or separate from the teeth. That is why it is vital to avoid biting or chewing food and objects that are hard like candies and bones. Also, patients must remember not to use their teeth as tools to open bottled drinks or tearing off chips.
Never skip dental appointments
Regularly seeing the dentist is essential in ensuring the condition of oral health is in its tip-top shape. Routine visits to the dentist allow them to evaluate the placement of the veneers, how gum tissue reacts to the treatment, or discover any potential issues in the mouth.
How Do I Know if My Veneers Need Replacement?
The lifespan of porcelain veneers will vary from patient to patient. Veneers can last for 10 years or longer when properly taken care of. Porcelain is a durable material, but it does wear with time. If the bonding agent prematurely fails, dentists can replace those veneers without the need to manufacture new porcelain shells. If you experience these signs, you may need veneers manufactured and placed.
- Gum tissue recession has exposed areas below your veneers
- Your veneers have become discolored, chipped, or worn
- The underlying tooth structure has experienced decay
- The bonding agent has failed
- Your veneer has become dislodged due to trauma
When your veneers wear out, dentist can replace them. This process is similar to how your veneers were first manufactured and placed. First, dentist will gently remove your veneers and then file down any remaining bonding agent. Then, a mold of your teeth will be made. This mold will be sent to a trusted laboratory. When your new veneers arrive at our office, a second appointment will be made. During your second visit, dentist will attach the porcelain shells using a strong bonding agent. Any minor adjustments can be made at that time.