If you’re looking to restore a natural and beautiful smile, then dental veneers could be the option for you. Our dental veneers option is a great way to improve the overall look of your teeth and to restore your smile, but we often get questions asking how long veneers last and if they’re a permanent solution or not.
Dental Veneers Last a Long Time, but They’re Not Permanent
Dental veneers from our Westchester Dental Practice are essentially very thin laminates or shells of a tooth that are colored to replicate the look of natural teeth and often made using porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material. They are typically bonded to the front surface of your teeth to restore their appearance regardless of the oral conditions that could be affecting you.
However, they’re not completely indestructible and can be damaged if you’re not careful. Whether it’s the daily habits you subject them to or the quality of the procedure, there are many circumstances that could affect their longevity.
In general, veneers can last up to 15 years if they’re taken care of properly and longer if you’re very careful with them. However, if they’re subjected to a lot of wear and damage, then they may only last a decade and will need to be replaced whenever they chip or crack. It’s completely up to the patient to guarantee their lifespan, but the type of material used can also play a role in their lifespan.
Understand What Damages Veneers
Veneers are made to replicate the look and feel of teeth, so they will react similarly to the same things that damage your natural teeth. For instance, they can chip and crack like natural teeth, and they can also be stained by coffee and tea. Biting hard objects or food items can also damage and weaken them over time.
Poor oral hygiene and habits such as grinding your teeth can also have a negative effect on your veneers. In short, you should generally consider what damages your natural teeth and apply the same rules in order to protect your veneers.
Protecting Your Veneers
In order to prolong the lifespan of your veneers, it’s important to treat them much like your natural teeth. This means following good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing to reduce the buildup of plaque and remove stains, but also keeping them free of bacteria. You should also continue attending regular checkups with us to keep your veneers and natural teeth clean.
You should also protect veneers if you’re going to be putting them in a potentially dangerous situation. For example, if you’re going to be playing a contact sport, then you’ll want to use a mouth guard to protect them. Similarly, you’ll want to address issues such as teeth-grinding so that you’re at less risk of cracking them.
Get Professional Dental Veneers From Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale
At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we offer dental veneers at our dental practice in Westchester. For more information or to book a consultation, feel free to contact us.