There are many aesthetic dental problems that can be corrected with veneers. But, you are probably wondering if they are a permanent solution. In this blog, our Richmond Hill dentists explain the purpose of veneers and how long they can last.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are custom-made, thin slivers of tooth-coloured porcelain that's bonded to the front of your teeth. your dentist uses a composite resin cement to apply the veneers to your teeth, crafting a surface that appears and feels similar to your natural teeth.
Veneers are able to help change the perceived colour, shape, and position of your teeth, providing you with a smile that looks more aesthetically pleasing.
The Lifespan of Porcelain Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers will likely need to be replaced at some point and are therefore not considered a permanent procedure. However, if properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last a significant length of time – usually for about 15 years on average. Depending on some key factors, they can last much longer (20 years or more).
After you've had veneers placed, it will be more important than ever that you maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. That's because the longevity of your veneers depends on how well you care for them. Patients who maintain good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing daily) at home and who visit the dentist regularly for professional dental exams and cleanings are more likely to see their veneers last longer.
Longevity will also be impacted by whether any oral health problems are corrected. Bite problems, biting hard objects, grinding, and clenching can put excessive pressure on your teeth, and therefore your veneers.
Why Porcelain Veneers Need to be Replaced
While porcelain veneers are highly durable, they can fracture, chip, debond, or decay with time. You might also have to have them replaced if your gums are receding, because as a result, your veneers may no longer fit properly.
Taking Care of Dental Veneers
There are a few things you can do to make your veneers last as long as possible. As mentioned, continuing excellent oral health care practices is the best way to ensure your veneers stay in great condition. This can include:
Using a mouthguard when playing contact sports
Your veneers could fracture or fall off if you experience trauma to your mouth (such as a run-in with another person or object). This makes it essential to wear a mouthguard when you are participating in high-impact sports, so your restorations can stay safe.
Avoiding sticky, hard foods or using your teeth as tools
While your dental veneers are able to endure the pressures of daily chewing, you shouldn't chew ice or use your teeth to open packages, because this puts you at a higher risk of losing, chipping, or breaking your veneers.
Visiting your dentist routinely
When you attend your regular dental exams, you not only allow your dentist the opportunity to give your teeth an essential deep clean, but they will also take the time to check the condition of your veneers and treat any problems early before they have a chance to fully develop.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene
You know the drill - brush twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once per day. Tooth decay is a common cause of failure of dental veneers.
Will porcelain veneers be right for me?
Though dental veneers can be used to address several aesthetic concerns, they are not the right treatment for every dental health issue - or every person. In some cases, other restorations such as dental crowns, dental bonding, teeth whitening, or orthodontics may be more effective treatment options.