How long do veneers last | Your FAQS - Fresh Smile clinic

Veneers can be a great way to quickly achieve a brighter, whiter, even smile quickly and effectively. With care, they are long-lasting and durable, providing you with a confident smile you can share with ease.

WHAT ARE VENEERS?

Veneers are often seen in ‘smile makeovers’ where once discoloured or chipped teeth appear white and straight. Dental veneers are like thin shells that are permanently bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They are usually made from porcelain or resin-composite and are a quick and effective way to create a new smile. Some people choose to have one veneer, for instance, if one tooth is chipped or discoloured, but it is also common to get between 6 and 8 veneers to even out your smile or hide multiple imperfections. The majority of dental veneers are applied to the top front teeth.

THE BENEFITS OF VENEERS

Veneers are often seen in ‘smile makeovers’ where once discoloured or chipped teeth appear white and straight. Dental veneers are like thin shells that are permanently bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They are usually made from porcelain or resin-composite and are a quick and effective way to create a new smile. Some people choose to have one veneer, for instance, if one tooth is chipped or discoloured, but it is also common to get between 6 and 8 veneers to even out your smile or hide multiple imperfections. The majority of dental veneers are applied to the top front teeth.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPOSITE VENEERS AND PORCELAIN VENEERS?

Veneers are often seen in ‘smile makeovers’ where once discoloured or chipped teeth appear white and straight. Dental veneers are like thin shells that are permanently bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They are usually made from porcelain or resin-composite and are a quick and effective way to create a new smile. Some people choose to have one veneer, for instance, if one tooth is chipped or discoloured, but it is also common to get between 6 and 8 veneers to even out your smile or hide multiple imperfections. The majority of dental veneers are applied to the top front teeth.

HOW LONG DO VENEERS LAST? ARE THEY PERMANENT?

The average lifespan of veneers is expected to be around 10 years, or longer if well cared for. This may be slightly less, depending on the type of material they are made from. After a long period of time, veneers can become stained or chipped, just like natural teeth. However, veneers are a permanent procedure. The tooth underneath the veneer is compromised in order to attach the veneer so if they do become broken or chipped, they will need replacing. Generally, veneers are low maintenance and last longer than less invasive alternatives such as composite bonding.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR VENEERS

Teeth with veneers aren’t immune to tooth decay, so it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene after treatment. Keeping your veneers clean will also prolong their lifespan by reducing the risk of staining and chips. You can care for veneers by:

  • Avoiding food and drinks that can cause staining, such as red wine, coffee and tea
  • Floss regularly
  • Use a non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Talk to your dentist about teeth grinding if this is something you experience
  • Avoid biting into hard food items or plastic, such as plastic bottle tops to avoid excessive pressure

ARE VENEERS BAD FOR YOUR TEETH?

Veneers aren’t bad for your teeth, but they are a permanent treatment. Tooth enamel sometimes has to be removed to accommodate the dental veneer, which increases the risk of sensitivity on the underlying tooth. Veneers aren’t a good choice for those with gum disease or lack of enamel for this reason, but your cosmetic dentist will discuss alternative treatments with you. With proper care and good oral hygiene, you can maintain healthy teeth without cavities or staining.

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