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Life Expectancy of Dental Veneers

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Veneers have changed the lives of so many who have invested in them over the years. This cosmetic dentistry procedure has become so popular because it can clear up multiple imperfections with one solution, such as gaps, cracks, chips, stains, and the like. And, the best part is that they can last a long time, too! 

What Are Dental Veneers? 

Veneers consist of a thin layer of composite or porcelain laminates that is bonded to the front of the teeth only. It gives the tooth a whole new makeover. They are often only used on visible front teeth, covering only one or an entire row of teeth. It is a relatively easy procedure that can bring years of big, bright, confident smiles. 

Life Expectancy of Dental Veneers

On average, porcelain dental veneers last about 10 - 15 years, though 10 years seems to be the most common lifespan. Composite veneers last for 3 years, on average. Determining their longevity comes down to two things - the veneer itself and the bonding material that holds it in place. If either one of these things goes wrong, the entire veneer will be impacted. 

The porcelain used in dental procedures, such as veneers, is usually as strong as your enamel which means that it isn’t likely to break very easily. The dental bonding used has always been very effective and is widely used across many dental specialties. In other words, veneers are created using high-quality, long-lasting materials. 

So, what is most likely to happen? The porcelain or composite can break or the dental bonding may come loose. 

Increasing the Longevity of Veneers

The good news is that you have the ability to increase the longevity of your veneers. With the proper care and the right attention, you may keep your veneers going strong for 20 years for porcelain - or even more! Here’s what you need to do:

Maintain a high level of oral hygiene. That means brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss every day. Your veneer is attached to your natural tooth - so if your tooth isn’t healthy, your tooth won’t be either. 

Avoid biting hard foods. Hard foods are rough on teeth, including veneers. So can using your teeth to open bottles, bite nails, or chew on your pen. Avoid these things to keep your veneers (and your natural teeth) healthy. 

Offer protection to your teeth. If you play sports or are known to clench or grind your teeth, you need to protect your teeth. Instant trauma or damage from long-term behavior can cause damage to your veneers. Consider discussing this with your dentist and invest in a mouthguard or nightguard.

Get frequent dental checkups. See your dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations. This will not only keep your teeth looking fantastic, but it also presents itself as the perfect opportunity for your dentist to address any issues or areas of concern when it comes to your veneers.

Veneers at Oak Road Dentistry

At Oak Road Dentistry, we want you to feel confident in your smile. And we have high-quality veneers that can make the difference. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 770-985-9559