With the right care, dental veneers can last for up to 20 years.
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment that can last for between 10 and 20 years. These thin shells of porcelain are designed to cover the front surface of teeth and can resolve a broad range of issues. Dental veneers can improve the appearance of discoloured, chipped, crooked, and misaligned teeth by concealing these imperfections, plus they can achieve a more even, symmetrical look.
Read on to find out more about dental veneers, how long you can expect them to last, and how you can improve their lifespan…
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells that are made from either porcelain or composite resin — these shells are custom-made to fit over the front surface of the teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws and improve their alignment.
Although dental veneers can make a considerable difference to the appearance of one’s smile, the treatment generally requires very little time. In some cases, dental veneers are recommended as an alternative to dental crowns, especially when the underlying tooth is healthy and strong.
Dental veneers can cover up many imperfections — these include chips, stains, discolouration, misshapen teeth, and misalignment.
How long do veneers last?
The longevity of your dental veneers will depend on a few factors, including the type that you choose. Porcelain veneers are the most common type thanks to their ability to achieve a natural-looking result, as well as their durability. Porcelain veneers generally last for between 10 and 20 years, provided they are properly taken care of.
It is also possible for dental veneers to be made from composite resin. While this material often costs less than porcelain, it does not usually last as long.
How do you take care of veneers?
To enjoy the results of your treatment for as long as possible, it is important that you practice proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth every day and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans.
When it comes to taking care of your veneers and preventing damage, it is important that you avoid eating particularly hard foods. These include whole nuts and hard candy. You should also avoid using your teeth to open packaging or to chew on ice.
Habits like clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth can place excessive stress on your dental veneers. If you struggle with these issues, be sure to speak to your dentist about possible solutions. By addressing these problems, it is possible to prevent damage to your veneers over time.
How can we help?
Porcelain veneers are a great way to fix chipped, misaligned or stained teeth. However, they need proper care in order to last. If you would like more information about life with dental veneers and how best to take care of them, we encourage you to come in and see us. Our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have.
At Crookes & Jenkins Dental, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments, including dental veneers. If you would like to reshape your teeth for a more symmetrical smile or have an imperfection that you would like resolved, we encourage you to come in and speak to us about your treatment options. We offer porcelain veneers at our practice, which achieve a very natural-looking appearance.
If you would like to find out more about the dental veneers that we offer at Crookes & Jenkins, please have a look here.
We also offer a comprehensive range of other dental services, so if you have an oral health concern, we can help. To see the full list of treatments that we offer, please have a look here.
If you would like to arrange an appointment, get in touch with us here or give us a call on 07 3367 1122.