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How Long Do Veneers Last?

Looking for ways to make your smile more beautiful? Veneers are one of the best choices! They are an effective and popular cosmetic dental procedure that can address almost every type of aesthetic issue out there.

But before you commit to veneers, you probably want to know how long the results will last. Check out this short blog post to learn more.

The Average Lifespan of Veneers 

Porcelain veneers are designed to last a long time, but their lifespan depends on how well you care for them. 

On average, veneers can last 10–15 years, though if you opt for more affordable ones made from composite, they will last less.

Veneers are strong, but they can get damaged in several ways.

  • They can chip or crack if you routinely chew on hard food or objects.
  • They can break if you drink or suffer a direct blow to the mouth.
  • They may need to be removed if you develop oral health issues like cavities down the line.

What Happens If Your Veneers Get Damaged? 

If your porcelain veneers are damaged in any way, then you have to get them replaced. Veneers are permanent and require a lifelong commitment. 

Before getting them, the dentist will shave a small amount of tooth enamel to create a rough texture, which allows these thin shells to bond with your teeth and stay fixed. While this process won’t affect the strength or sensitivity of the natural tooth, it is irreversible. Enamel will not grow back, so you will need to wear veneers for the rest of your life.

If you’re not comfortable with that level of commitment, you should discuss your other options with a cosmetic dentist, such as dental bonding. 

How to Care for Veneers

Caring for veneers isn’t all that hard. There are three main areas to focus on:

  • Oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and cleanse the mouth after every meal by drinking tap water.
  • Lifestyle: Don’t smoke, chew on hard objects, and avoid hard, sticky, and sweet foods as much as possible. You should also get a custom mouthguard if you grind your teeth or play sports.
  • Routine cleanings: Get a professional dental cleaning every six months or so to reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease and keep your veneers in top condition for longer.

Interested in Veneers? We Can Help 

If you have generally healthy teeth, you’re most likely a great candidate for veneers. But you can get the definitive answer once you see us for a short consultation.

Request an appointment at SouthEnd Dentistry online and stop by to discover how you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Want to learn more about veneers or our other cosmetic services? Then don’t hesitate to call us at (704) 335-8266. We’d love to answer all your questions.

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