Porcelain veneers are a key part of smile restoration as well as cosmetic dental procedures, though many wonder the durability of their porcelain veneers. Here are a few facts about how long porcelain veneers last, and how you can positively impact your veneer’s durability.
They Can Last a Lifetime
Depending on how you care for them, your porcelain veneers can last you a lifetime. Many resources state that porcelain veneers have a life expectancy of 10-15 years, though proper upkeep and dental practices prolong their life.
Veneers May Require Cosmetic Maintenance
If you’re careful and limit your diet to contain less acidic foods, you’ll find that the coloration on veneers, as well as the general wear-and-tear, will be minimal. Porcelain crowns coupled with resin can be utilized to repair chipped or otherwise worn down veneers, extending their life expectancy.
Your Enamel Defines Your Veneer’s LIfe
If your veneers are being applied directly to your tooth enamel, then you’re going to see the results you want. When veneers are applied to dentin (the layer beneath your tooth’s enamel), you see a lower life expectancy.
How Can I Prolong my Veneers?
If you want your veneers to last as long as possible, you must be hypervigilant. While porcelain veneers can last a lifetime, nothing is better than your natural teeth. Utilize this dental advice to prolong the life of your porcelain veneers:
- Don’t use your teeth to open packaging. As a rule, this is not good for your teeth, and will wear down your veneers faster.
- Use a mouthguard when you go to sleep each night. Even if you haven’t endured issues with grinding your teeth in your sleep in the past, shifting around in the middle of the night, coupled with applying pressure to your teeth while you sleep, can damage your veneers over time.
- Upkeep your twice-yearly checkups with your dentist. While you can generally tell when your porcelain veneers begin to deteriorate or encounter issues, not everything will be visible to the naked eye. Your dentist will be able to spot other problems that may not be clear to you, and suggest a course of action to prolong your veneers.
For more dental advice and information surrounding your oral health care, take a look at additional articles or contact us today for more information. Schedule a consultation today, and discuss your option for porcelain veneers with Dr. Ignatowicz.