How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

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Dental veneers correct imperfections in the teeth, including stained or yellow teeth, small gaps between teeth, misshapen teeth, and small teeth. Veneers are bonded to your natural teeth, resulting in a natural-looking smile. When cared for properly, including receiving regular oral exams and professional cleanings, you can expect porcelain dental veneers to last at least ten years and sometimes much longer. 

What Exactly Are Dental Veneers? 

Dental veneers are a non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic dental treatment that can give you a radiant, eye-catching, perfectly aligned smile. Made from either porcelain or composite resin, veneers are thin shells created to fit over your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are widely regarded as the premium choice, as they are extremely durable and stain-resistant. Composite resin veneers have a shorter lifespan as they are made from a  less durable material, and may be more likely to stain over time.  

If you upgrade your smile with veneers, you’ll have several dental appointments. During the first appointment, a very thin layer of your tooth enamel will be removed to create space for the veneers to be bonded to the teeth. Then you will have a series of digital impressions made, which will be sent to the lab to fabricate your custom veneers.

At your next appointment, your dentist will place the veneers, and ensure that they fit perfectly. Your dentist may trim the veneer to ensure a seamless fit. Your teeth will then be lightly etched before bonding the veneers to your teeth. A special light may be used to expedite the bonding process. 

What Dental Conditions Can Veneers Correct?

Dental veneers can completely transform your smile, which is why many of the world’s most famous actors, musicians, and public figures opt for veneers. Veneers can correct a wide variety of cosmetic issues, including

  • Chipped teeth
  • Yellow teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Dull teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are not the same length (small teeth)
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Jagged teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

It is important to note that porcelain dental veneers are a permanent cosmetic dental treatment. Once you get veneers you will always need them, as the teeth beneath the veneers have been treated specifically to accommodate veneers. 

How To Take Care of Your Veneers

Your dental veneers may last decades with proper care. To that end, be sure to take excellent care of your veneers by following these tips:

  • Brush twice daily for a full two minutes
  • Floss or use a water flosser daily
  • Limit sugary snacks
  • Avoid chewing hard candies, ice, pens, etc.
  • Never use your teeth as a tool (opening bottles, etc.)
  • Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning
  • See your dentist if you develop a toothache, bleeding gums, or tooth sensitivity

Schedule a Consultation for a Smile Upgrade in Lindenwold, NJ

Dental veneers are an excellent way to achieve a gleaming, straight, even smile that you’ll love to show off to the world. At Lindenwold Dental Center, Dr. Ishak Said is a highly experienced cosmetic, restorative, and cosmetic dentist who provides dental veneers, in addition to dental implants, dental crowns, teeth whitening, and Invisalign. To schedule an appointment, message our office or call 856-783-3777

Frequently Asked Questions

Are instant veneers safe?

Instant veneers are safe. However, they are a lower-quality cosmetic treatment that rarely provides the natural-looking results of porcelain dental veneers. Dr. Said does not recommend instant veneers to patients looking for a natural, aesthetically pleasing smile upgrade. 

Do veneers hurt?

The procedure for getting dental veneers is not painful.  Some patients may find that keeping their mouths open for an extended period is uncomfortable. For your comfort, while preparing the teeth, local anesthesia may be provided. Once your veneers are in place they should not hurt at all.