The answer to the question ‘how long do veneers last’ depends on the type and quality of the materials that have been used. Veneers are an effective way to change the appearance of your teeth, but because your dentist will remove some of your dental enamel in order to accommodate them, it is best if they can last for as long as possible. Let’s take a look at what you can expect if you use veneers to address your cosmetic dentistry issues.


What Are Dental Veneers And How Do They Work?

Dental veneers are essentially thin shells or covers that are made to change the size, shape or colour of your teeth. They can cover up and address a number of cosmetic dentistry issues such as

  • Cracked, chipped, fractured or broken teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Teeth that are too small
  • Correcting a gappy smile

Dental veneers can be created from composite resin or porcelain, and the length of time they last depend on the material they have been created from.

Longevity is a really important consideration when choosing which material your veneers should be crafted from. Each time you have veneers replaced your dentist must remove a thin layer of your natural tooth, which erodes and weakens it, so a longer lasting substance is best.


Just How Long Do Veneers Last?

Dental veneers are made from thin shells of porcelain or composite resin and they are bonded to the front of your teeth using dental cement.

Even though they are strong and sturdy it doesn’t mean they will last indefinitely. You still need to practice good dental hygiene to protect your natural tooth structure underneath the veneer shell.


Porcelain veneers

On its own porcelain is quite fragile but once it has been bonded to your tooth surface it is much stronger. Porcelain veneers are highly sought after because they are so long-lasting and because they capture and reflect light very much like natural teeth. They are more expensive than composite resin dental veneers and require a higher degree of skill and expertise to craft and bond to the teeth.

With good dental care, porcelain veneers can be expected to last between 10 and 20 years, with the average being around 15 years. At some point your porcelain veneers may need replacing.


Composite resin veneers

Composite resin veneers are more cost-effective than porcelain however you can expect a shorter lifespan from them. They are quite popular because they are generally fixed to your teeth in just one session. Composite resin veneers are generally more likely to be damaged by chipping but the good news is that they can generally be repaired, rather than needing to be replaced. On average composite resin veneers may only last between four and eight years. 

Do you want to know more about how long do veneers last before you move ahead with cosmetic dentistry? It’s always best to seek professional advice before you make any decisions about your dental care.

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