Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures and for very good reasons. These thin shells can help you fix a variety of cosmetic issues, such as discolored, chipped, or even misaligned teeth.
But, because veneers require a life-long commitment (the dentist will need to remove a bit of your tooth's enamel to place the veneer), a lot of patients want to know how long this treatment will last.
Answering this question is not that simple as there are many factors at play. Generally speaking, veneers can last anywhere between 7 and 20 years, depending on the following factors:
The type of veneers you opt for will
influence their longevity.
There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin.
Porcelain veneers are more durable and resistant to staining than composite veneers. Porcelain veneers typically last between 10 and 20 years, while composite veneers last between 7 years and 10 years.
The skill and experience of the dentist also play a role in how long veneers will last. A well-trained and experienced dentist will ensure that the veneers are properly placed and that the patient's bite is adjusted to minimize any unnecessary stress on the veneers. This can help prolong the life of the veneers.
At Woburn Dental Associates, you can rest assured that our cosmetic dentists have years of experience under their belt and have successfully enhanced and restored countless smiles.
Your oral hygiene habits can also affect how long veneers will last. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease and damage your veneers.
All you have to do to maintain good oral hygiene is brush and floss your teeth two times a day, use a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging the veneers, and see your dentist every six months for regular check-ups.
You should also try to limit the consumption of staining foods and beverages as they can stain your veneers. Make sure not to use your teeth as tools either as this can also damage your veneers.
Veneers can also be affected by other factors such as teeth grinding, trauma, and injuries.
If you are unhappy with your smile and would like to boost its appearance, we here at Woburn Dental Associates can help you determine the right cosmetic dental treatment for you. Whether it's veneers, implants, or a simple teeth whitening treatment, we will find the right solution and make the appropriate recommendations after a thorough examination of your oral health.
You can get in touch with us online to book your appointment or to ask us any questions you may have. We're eager to meet you and help you.