Porcelain veneers are a great option for making cosmetic changes to a smile without having to undergo extensive treatments. Issues such as discoloration, worn or chipped teeth, uneven or misaligned teeth, and teeth with gaps can be addressed effectively with veneers. The procedure for placing veneers is relatively simple, but what can be expected once it’s complete? Read on to find out.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers can be expected to last 10 to 15 years, though they can last longer. The longevity of veneers depends on both the materials used when placing them and how well they are cared for. There are several materials that can be used to place veneers, and each has a different lifespan, so it is important during the initial consultation to discuss with the dentist which material will last the longest and also look the most natural.
Proper Care for Veneers
To get the most out of veneers, it is important to take proper care of them.
- Brush and floss daily
- Visit the dentist regularly (twice a year, at least) for exams and teeth cleanings
- Avoid using teeth as tools to open packages or to crack nuts
- Avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, fingernails, or pen caps
- Wear a night guard if teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) is an issue
- Wear a sports guard during any contact sports or other athletic practices/competition
Veneers should be stain resistant, depending on the quality of porcelain used to create them. Regular foods and drinks, such as coffee, wine, and dark-colored foods can still be enjoyed without any need to worry about staining. No major changes will need to be made in a daily routine except possibly to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush or to a less abrasive toothpaste.
It is possible that a veneer replacement will be needed after a number of years. The dentist will examine the veneers during regular checkups to look for signs of chips, cracks, or leaks between the veneer and the tooth. If the veneer is determined to be damaged, it can be repaired, but on occasion, a full replacement may be necessary.