Are Veneers Permanent?
Are Veneers Permanent?
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry operations is veneers. Veneers come in two types: traditional or porcelain veneers and composite veneers. They are placed over your natural teeth to cover up any cosmetic imperfections and dental problems, including teeth eroded by gum disease and are sensitive to hot temperature.
Whether you’re facing cosmetic or structural dental issues, veneers can provide you with natural-looking teeth, giving you the confidence to smile again. But are veneers permanent? This guide will help you understand how long they last and tips on making them last longer.
How Long Do Veneers Last
This is the most common question cosmetic dentists receive when discussing veneers. Everyone wants a quick solution that can last a lifetime. While veneers have evolved over the years and can address more dental problems, they do have a lifespan.
Dental veneers are not permanent. However, they can give you a new smile for anywhere between seven and fifteen years. That is a significant difference, and you might be wondering why some can last longer than others. Once your dentist has placed your veneers, it is up to you to properly maintain them and make them last longer.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Veneers
As with any dental procedures, getting veneers has its advantages and disadvantages. Below are some of the benefits of having veneers:
- Veneers can correct broken, chipped, discoloured, misaligned, worn down or uneven teeth with a simple treatment.
- Each veneer is made from an impression of your teeth. They are custom-made to match the features, colour, and luminosity of your natural teeth.
- They can be used to cover any imperfections on your front teeth, allowing you to achieve a more beautiful smile.
- You can choose the tooth colour you wish to have.
- Most people can’t tell the difference between real teeth and traditional veneers.
- Getting veneers is efficient, painless, and fast.
- They do not require any special maintenance.
There are a lot of benefits to getting veneers. However, you should also consider the disadvantages:
- The procedure is not reversible. This is why you should think about it thoroughly before getting them.
- There might be a possibility of teeth sensitivity, but in most cases, this will eventually fade.
- Teeth naturally change colour over time; veneers will not. Make sure to choose a colour that is not far from your natural teeth.
- Porcelain veneers may chip or crack if you bite into hard objects or grind your teeth.
- If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, tooth decay may occur under the veneers and can lead to necessary root canals or porcelain crowns.
How To Make Your Veneers Last
After getting new veneers, it is now your responsibility to make sure that they last for as long as possible. Don’t worry; it does not take a huge adjustment to your daily routine to ensure that your veneers will maintain their brightness. Below are some tips that can make them last longer.
- Don’t forget your semi-annual checkups and cleanings with your dentist.
- Brush your teeth twice a day using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.
- When you play sports or other strenuous activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth.
- Never use your teeth as though they were a tool. For example, tearing up packaging using your teeth can cause damage to your veneers quickly.
- If you grind your teeth, make sure to address this issue with your dentist, so you do not wreck your veneers.
Caring for your veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. As you practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing regularly, you can make your veneers last longer.
Book an Appointment Today!
If you are suffering from discoloured teeth, tooth gaps, or chipped teeth, dental veneers are the solution. Book an appointment with Langmore Dental today.