How Long Do Veneers Last

A nice smile can improve your overall appearance. One popular option for cosmetic dental treatment is dental veneers. Veneers can cover imperfections in your teeth, and transform your smile.

With proper care, porcelain veneers can last 10 years or even longer. In contrast, composite resin veneers generally last between 2 and 5 years. This is one reason many people prefer porcelain veneers.

For veneers to last as long as possible, only a little extra care is necessary. Brush and floss the same as you care for your natural teeth. As a veneer doesn’t cover the entire tooth, tooth decay can occur if you don’t practice good oral hygiene. You also don’t want to risk developing gum disease.

Damage and Stains

Although porcelain is stronger and more durable than composite resin, care should be taken to not damage either type of veneer. Avoid hard foods that can chip or break your new dental work. Don’t use tobacco products. While staining doesn’t occur as easily with porcelain veneers, it can occur if you’re not careful with your diet. Whether you choose porcelain or composite resin, avoid tomato sauce, berries, cola, black coffee and tea, and other dark products that can cause stains.

If your veneer does become damaged, you should consult with your dentist as soon as possible. In some cases veneers can be repaired. However, with improvements in dental technology every year, it can be better to replace a veneer instead of repairing it. If your veneer chips, breaks, or falls off, your dentist can determine which approach is best.

These few basic cautions shouldn’t deter you from choosing dental veneers. Veneers are useful for a variety of dental issues. They’re relatively inexpensive, and can help you achieve a perfect smile. Veneers don’t damage teeth, and can actually protect your teeth from damage. When you have a veneer on a tooth, the tooth will be stronger. It only takes sensible precautions for you to enjoy your new dental work for many years.

It’s an easy process to obtain a dental veneer. When you want the nicest smile, ask for a consultation with Dr Ho at Smile Design Studio. We’ll be glad to answer your questions, and schedule an appointment for your dental work.