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How Long Do Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are tooth-coloured “shells” that cover the front of a tooth and conceal cosmetic imperfections, giving the impression of brighter, straighter teeth. This is a major investment for many people, and they want assurance that their veneers will look beautiful and work for many years. When it comes to dental veneers, your dentist will most likely present you with two options: composite veneers or porcelain veneers. Both composite and porcelain laminate veneers have advantages and disadvantages to consider. So, how long do veneers last and what factors influence their effectiveness?

How long do veneers last?

The longevity of dental veneers is determined by whether they are porcelain or composite and how well they are cared for. Porcelain laminate veneers have a 10- to 12-year lifespan. Composite resin veneers should be replaced sooner rather than later, as they only last 4 to 8 years.

Are veneers the best option?

People who want to hide minor dental flaws and smile confidently should consider dental veneers. The main goal is to improve the appearance of teeth cosmetically. Dental veneers are virtually undetectable since they appear and feel like natural teeth. People with healthy gums and teeth should choose this option. Veneers are popular for the following reasons:

  • Teeth that are broken, chipped, or fractured
  • Teeth that are discoloured or stained
  • Discrepancies between teeth
  • Visible fillings
  • Crooked teeth, strangely formed, or deteriorated
  • Teeth that stand out due to their size or irregularity
  • There is some crowding in the mouth.
  • If you have active gum disease or severely damaged teeth, your dentist in Edmonton will discuss alternative treatments.

Will I Need To Replace My Veneers?

Because veneers can last up to 12 years, most patients will need to replace them at some point in their lives. Your dentist will polish and redo your veneers when the time comes. With the old veneers, a small portion of enamel is removed. A crown may be an appropriate substitute if your natural teeth no longer have enough enamel to support a new veneer.

Why should veneers be replaced?

If you have dental veneers, you may need to replace them if:

  • As the gums recede, the margin between the root of the tooth and the veneer becomes visible. This margin may have a stain or a faint brown line.
  • Veneers may shatter or break over time as the material (porcelain or composite) degrades from daily wear and tear.
  • Veneers crack due to biting alterations induced by tooth loss, erosion, or decay.

Your Edmonton dentist can put veneers on your teeth, but if you have the option, find a dentist who will let you “test drive” your new smile before committing to a treatment plan. This prevents you from squandering money on results you dislike. Before any physical changes are made, Edmonton West Dental allows patients to preview the results and suggest changes. Call us at 780-652-1280 to book an appointment.

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