How Long Will Veneers Last?

Are you unhappy with your smile because your teeth are cracked, chipped, or stained?  Dental veneers can improve the appearance of your teeth.  Veneers can give you a brighter looking smile and protect your teeth from future damage.  But how long will veneers last?

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance.  They can alter the shape, size, or color of the teeth and are typically made of porcelain or composite resin materials.  Veneers help fix teeth that are cracked, broken, or discolored and also hide gaps.

Veneers are tailor-made to fit over the surface of the tooth so they have a very natural look.  They help to create a natural, uniform smile and preserve the teeth.

In addition to traditional veneers, no-prep veneers are now available.  No-prep veneers require less tooth preparation. 

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are easy to maintain and should be cared for like normal teeth, so good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are crucial.  When veneers are well-maintained, they can last for up to 20 years without breaking or becoming discolored.

People with veneers are advised to avoid grinding their teeth or biting hard surfaces.  They should also avoid beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine, as they can stain the veneers. When wearing veneers, it’s also important to brush and floss regularly and wear a mouth guard when participating in sporting activities.  

Veneers are not reversible because the dentist has to remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth to accommodate the shell.  

If you are thinking of getting veneers to achieve the smile of your dreams, be sure to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist with a lot of experience fitting veneers.  When veneers are well-prepared and properly bonded, they generally last a long time.

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