Cosmetic Dentistry |3 min read

Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

A close-up of veneers being color-matched to original teeth

If you’re unhappy or self-conscious about how your smile looks, you may be wondering whether porcelain veneers are a good solution.

It’s not just you!

  • Around 99% of American adults consider a smile an important social asset.
  • More than 70% believe an unattractive smile can negatively affect someone’s success.

Porcelain veneers are America’s second most popular dental treatment, just behind teeth whitening.

If you are ready to stop hiding your smile and avoiding social situations, read on to see if porcelain veneers are good long-term solution for you.

What are Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They’re often made from porcelain or composite resin material and permanently bonded to your teeth.

Veneers can treat several cosmetic concerns.

What types of problems do dental veneers fix?

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Cover broken or chipped teeth
  • Hide gaps or worn-down teeth

Are veneers permanent?

This can sometimes be a tricky point to explain.

Your tooth is likely to have been trimmed down slightly by the dentist to accept a veneer.

For this reason, dental veneers should always be considered a permanent treatment.

However, because veneers are a thin layer applied over the surface of the natural teeth and need to be replaced at some point, they are considered temporary.

How long do veneers last?

It depends on which type of veneer you have, and the proper care and attention given:

  • composite bonding veneers typically last 5-7 years
  • porcelain veneers usually last 10-20 years

Veneers may last slightly less time if you grind your teeth, although your dentist will spot this before placing veneers in the evaluation process.

What are some benefits of dental veneers?

The most significant benefit to opting for veneers is improving your smile.

  • Dental veneers cover chips, cracks, and discoloration
  • They look & feel natural
  • Dental veneers require little enamel removal
  • They can prevent tooth discoloration
  • Dental veneers can increase confidence
  • Dental veneers are low maintenance

What can affect the lifespan of veneers?

The lifespan of the veneer largely depends on the material used and the care given.

Let’s take a closer look.

The condition of your teeth before installation

If there are any underlying issues with your teeth and they are not in perfect condition before getting a veneer.

Veneer materials

Porcelain and no-prep veneers last longer than composite veneers.

Your dental hygiene

Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are crucial to prolonging the lifespan of veneers.

It’s also important to have dental checkups and cleanings every six months.

Mouth protection

Wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers from chipping or breaking if you play a contact sport.

Tooth grinding

Grinding your teeth can put excessive pressure on your veneers.

If you’re prone to grinding your teeth when you sleep, wear a nighttime mouthguard to protect your veneers.

Using your teeth as tools

Don’t use your teeth to open objects you can’t open with your hands or other tools.

Care with hard foods

Avoid biting down on foods like hard candies, ice, or nuts.

The bottom line

Porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic procedure with an important social impact.

They can provide years of confident smiling, providing you look after them.

Book your appointment with Vail Dentistry for your porcelain veneers and discuss your new smile today.

We are proud to provide professional dental services to the people of Edwards, Colorado, and those from surrounding areas (or farther – we’re happy to help, even if you’re from out of town).

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