Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment. These thin shells of porcelain or composite resin can enhance the appearance of your smile. They are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve their color, shape, size, or length.
Veneers are also very durable, restoring not only the appearance but the functionality of your teeth. But, does that mean that they are indestructible?
The Lifespan of Veneers
If you have porcelain veneers, then you can expect them to last between 10 and 15 years. Composite veneers, on the other hand, have a shorter lifespan of only 5-7 years before they need to be replaced.
That said, the lifespan of veneers varies depending on several factors, such as the type of material used, the quality of the veneers, and how well they are maintained.
Why Veneers May Need to Be Replaced
Veneers may need to be replaced for various reasons, such as:
- Wear and tear: Over time, veneers may become worn or damaged due to normal wear and tear. They may chip, crack, or break, especially if you grind your teeth or bite down on hard objects.
- Decay: Although veneers themselves do not decay, the tooth underneath the veneer can still get cavities. If this happens, the veneer may need to be removed to treat the cavity, and a new veneer may need to be placed.
- Staining: Veneers are resistant to stains, but they can still become discolored over time due to certain foods, drinks, or habits like smoking. If the staining cannot be removed with professional cleaning, the veneer may need to be replaced. Keep in mind that veneers don't react to whitening and you can't use this cosmetic treatment to improve their appearance.
- Gum recession: If your gums recede, the edge of the veneer may become visible, revealing the tooth underneath. This can affect the appearance of your smile and may require the veneer to be replaced or repositioned.
- Poor fit: If the veneer was not properly fitted or bonded to your tooth, it may come loose or fall off. In this case, a new veneer may need to be placed.
How to Make Veneers Last Longer
To extend the lifespan of your veneers and avoid the need for replacement, you should:
- Practice good oral hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent plaque buildup and cavities.
- Avoid harmful habits: Avoid biting down on hard objects, grinding your teeth, or using your teeth as tools.
- Protect your veneers: Wear a mouthguard if you play sports, and avoid eating or drinking anything that may stain your veneers. If you can't give up your morning coffee, try drinking it through a straw.
- Visit your dentist regularly: Your dentist can monitor the condition of your veneers and address any issues before they become serious.
Do You Need to Replace Your Veneers? We Can Help!
Have your veneers reached the end of their lifespan? Are you unhappy with the appearance of your veneers? Baltimore dentist, Dr. Dawn Merguerian, at Waterfront Dental can help restore your smile.
Contact us online and schedule your appointment right now.