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How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

You might decide it is time to get porcelain veneers because you want a Hollywood smile in less time. Teeth whitening can take as long as six months and there is no guarantee that you will be able to achieve exactly the type of smile that you want. Veneers are bonded to the teeth permanently, in just a few visits to your dentist. But how long they ultimately last depends on how they are cared for.

While many people think of porcelain as something that is easy to break, the technology for creating porcelain veneers has improved and they are much more durable than in the past.

Managing Stains

One of the benefits of porcelain veneers is that they are more resistant to stains than teeth. There are some beverages that can cause stains on the veneers. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid coffee, tea, and red wine. Avoiding foods and beverages that discolor natural enamel teeth is a good idea if you choose veneers.

The Typical Lifespan

Typically, the porcelain veneers will last ten to fifteen years. After that time, your dentist might need to replace the veneers with a new set. Some veneers can last as long as 20 years if they are installed correctly. One of the concerns with keeping veneers for longer is that they will begin to look cosmetically unsightly. As a result, it is sometimes a good idea to have the original veneers regularly examined.

Basic Care

The veneers will last longer if you take good care of them. Fortunately, the requirements for caring for porcelain veneers involve the typical oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing your teeth and flossing regularly.

The Patient’s Bite

Another factor that can influence the longevity of the porcelain veneers is your bite. If you have straightened teeth, the veneers will be more likely to last longer. However, if the teeth are crooked, it is more likely that the veneers will become damaged over time. Having your bite corrected can also go a long way toward improving the appearance of your smile.

Hard Foods

Eating hard foods, such as nuts and popcorn, can shorten the lifetime of your porcelain veneers. The softer the foods, the less likely that they will damage the teeth. Biting on something hard puts added stress on the veneers and may lead to damage.

Clenching One’s Teeth

If the patient frequently clenches his or her teeth, it will be a good idea for the patient to get a mouth guard because the clenching of the teeth can cause damage to the veneers over time. Teeth clenching is also related to stress, so obtaining stress relief through exercise and enjoyable activities can help improve the lifespan of the veneers.

Replacing Veneers

When it is time to replace the veneers, the dentist will simply remove the old veneers and much of the bonding material. Then, the dentist will create a mold and use it to create a new set of veneers in a dental laboratory. The new set is bonded to the teeth. Since the process of installing veneers changes the teeth, the patient will need to replace the old veneers with new ones.

If you are interested in veneers or cosmetic treatments, schedule a free consultation with Charlotte Dentistry. We are open six days a week and offer a wide variety of dental treatments. See you soon!

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