How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are an industry favorite when it comes to correcting dental problems. That’s because they provide an affordable and flexible solution for numerous issues, including:

While they can treat a wide range of problems, they don’t last forever. So how do you know what to expect?

Dr. Peter Gambertoglio provides cosmetic and comprehensive family dental solutions in Spring, Texas. If you are considering veneers, here’s what you need to know to get the longest-lasting results.

Consider the type

The beauty of veneers is their ability to conceal a problem by covering it up with a thin tooth-like shell. This enables them to disguise imperfections and improve your smile at the same time. However, not all veneers are created equal.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain is one of the most commonly used materials for making veneers. That’s because they are ultrathin and translucent, which creates a realistic and natural look. And they last. In fact, research shows most porcelain veneers can last 10 years or longer, and one study even revealed perfect performance for up to 20 years.

Composite veneers

Veneers made from composite materials still look great, but they don’t last as long as porcelain. Instead, they provide five years or more of lasting power. However, they often come with a lower price tag.

Protect your oral health

In addition to the veneer’s materials, the way you take care of your mouth also plays a role in their lifespan. For the best results, you should:

Taking these steps can significantly impact the life of your veneers.

Play it safe

We’ve all been there and used our teeth to open things when we didn’t have the right tool around, like opening a package or loosening a stubborn knot. However, these actions can damage your veneers and natural teeth. Similarly, you shouldn’t chew on pens, ice, or other hard substances, like candy or nuts.

In addition to not using your teeth as tools, you should also take extra steps in situations that can put them at risk — like contact sports. Wearing a mouthguard while engaging in activities that could endanger your teeth will protect your veneers from chips and breaks.

Plan ahead

Getting veneers is relatively simple and provides immediate results that completely transform your smile. However, Dr. Gambertoglio has to remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth to ensure a comfortable fit without added bulk. 

Your enamel is the hard outer coating that protects your tooth from decay. Without it, your tooth can become yellow, sensitive, and susceptible to deterioration. If your veneer breaks, cracks, or deteriorates in another way, you have to replace it to protect your tooth — whether it happens in five years or 20.

Ready to see if veneers are right for you? Contact Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, in Spring, Texas, by calling 281-350-8852 today.

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