Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic solution for imperfect teeth. They are thin, shell-like covers that attach to the front side of your teeth, giving them a new facade. Veneers can cover stains, chips, cracks, uneven lengths, and gaps between the teeth.
If you’re considering improving your smile with porcelain veneers, you may be wondering how long they last. Here’s what you can expect.
Average Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
On average, a set of porcelain veneers will last for 10 years. In many cases they will last longer, especially with good care. Porcelain tends to last longer than other materials like composite or prefabricated resin.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain is the highest quality material for veneers because of many benefits:
- Natural look. Porcelain closely resembles natural tooth enamel in terms of texture and finish. It appears slightly porous and shiny like your natural teeth. The color can be made to match your existing teeth or a few shades whiter if you prefer.
- Durable. Porcelain is a strong material that can withstand bite and chewing force. You’ll be able to eat the foods you love without worrying about damaging your veneers.
- Stain resistant. Porcelain is highly resistant to stains, even more so than your natural teeth. They will stay looking white for many years.
- Quick fix. Veneers can cover imperfections and crooked teeth more quickly than braces or Invisalign would take to straighten them.
- Affordable. Veneers are more affordable than covering multiple teeth with crowns or replacing them with dental implants.
The Process of Getting Veneers
Veneers can be placed in just a few dental appointments. The first is just a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for veneers. Your teeth must be healthy enough for veneers, otherwise restorative procedures will need to be done first.
Once you are determined to be eligible for veneers, your dentist will need to remove a very thin layer of your tooth enamel. Then impressions will be made of your teeth that are used to create your veneers. You may need to wear temporary veneers until your permanent ones are ready.
The final step is fitting and securing your veneers in place. Dental cement is used to permanently attach your veneers to the front of your teeth. They will remain fixed in place unless removed by your dentist.
How to Extend the Life of Your Veneers
If you want to get as many years as possible out of your porcelain veneers, the following steps will help:
- Good oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will help your teeth stay healthy and your veneers stay clean. If the teeth under the veneers aren’t healthy, the veneers won’t last as long.
- Regular dental cleanings. You need to go to the dentist every 6 months for teeth cleanings and oral exams. Your dentist will help your veneers stay clean and make sure they are securely in place.
- Follow your dentist’s instructions. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your veneers, what not to eat, and what not to do. The more closely you follow your dentist’s instructions the longer your veneers will last.
Carmel Dental Associates Provides Porcelain Veneers
Are you interested in improving your smile with porcelain veneers? Carmel Dental Associates provides various types of veneers, including porcelain. With our help you can start smiling with confidence and feel better about your appearance.