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How Long Do Veneers Last?

by dymedev
September 13, 2021

Veneers are an innovative part of dental technology first invented in 1928. Back then, the concept was clear, even if the methodology wasn’t. The veneer was a basic prosthesis that was attached to a tooth in an effort to cover up imperfections. It didn’t last long, though, and would have to be reattached frequently.

Since their inception, these cosmetic dentistry shells have come far. Today’s versions are still made from porcelain or composite resin, but they’re barely noticeable. Even better, the wafer-thin dental appliances are durable and well-designed enough to last for years.

Veneers are such a versatile cosmetic fix that applying them is a normal part of the day at Dyme Dental. Our patients love how easy it is to have their smile’s “flaws” covered up quickly! 

From gaps in the front teeth to overbites and chips, veneers can conceal a lot of dental imperfections. These small dental appliances make a huge difference in your smile, so keep reading to see if they’re right for you!

The Origin of Veneers

Here’s a tidbit of dental history for you. Veneers were first invented by Charles Pincus, a California dentist tasked with changing the look of teeth on film. His first veneers were designed to be temporary— long enough to last the length of the shoot. Almost a decade later, he took his idea and turned it into something for public use.

The first long-term veneers were held up by nothing more than dental adhesive. These were still “temporary” veneers, sometimes only lasting a few hours. 

“Permanent” veneers were nearly impossible because nothing held the shell to the teeth for more than a few days until around the 1980s. Dental etching and a bonding agent meant patients could have veneers that lasted years instead of hours, hence the label of “permanent.”

But the question of “are veneers permanent?” is not as cut and dried. The answer is a combination of the materials you use, the experts who apply them, and how well you take care of them.

How to Make Your Veneers Last

Using Dyme Dental as your expert veneer source means you already have the highest quality materials and the best care possible. The next step to making your veneers last is choosing whether you want composite resin or porcelain shells.

Both varieties are so thin, they’re almost invisible. These dental correctors slide over the enamel on the front of your tooth seamlessly. Either material can be sculpted and shaped to be versatile enough to correct:

  • Chips or cracks in your tooth
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Stubbornly stained enamel
  • Teeth damaged from bruxism (clenching and grinding)
  • A crooked tooth or two

The process is simple and doesn’t require any anesthesia. Most patients have the entire procedure completed without any discomfort.

All it takes is an impression of your mouth so the dentist can match your natural enamel’s shape and shade to your new veneer. After that, the veneers are created and affixed to the front of the tooth with a bonding agent. 

The result is an instantly transformed smile you’ll proudly show off.

Choosing Your Veneer Material

The next factor in how long your veneers last is the material you choose to use. Most dentists will recommend porcelain because it behaves just like natural tooth enamel. If you can bite it and chew it with your genetic teeth, you can bite and chew it with your veneer.

Porcelain veneers are also a great investment because they last much longer than the alternative, composite resin. These durable shells can stay on your teeth for up to 15 years if you take care of them. Composite resin veneers, on the other hand, last between 5 and 15 years.

As with your natural enamel, veneers can become stained over time. Darker foods and beverages and habits like smoking and other tobacco use discolor your teeth and veneers. Porcelain dental correctors withstand staining much better than composite resin ones will. So, if you know you love your coffee every day, consider porcelain as a better option.

However, if you’re in a hurry to get your veneers applied or you’re shopping based on price, composite resin veneers are still a good choice. Porcelain shells take longer to create; composite resin options are standard, and many dental offices have them on-site. They can be shaped and sculpted quickly and applied in one visit.

Porcelain veneers are more resistant to damage. But composite resin materials can be fixed easily if you catch the problem soon enough. Repairing veneers is a simple in-office procedure.

Whichever material you use, though, how long they last depend a lot on how you take care of them.

You and Dyme Dental Can Make Your Veneers Last

You’ll be so in love with your new smile that you’ll want to keep it as long as you can. That will happen better if you partner with your dentist to keep up with your dental hygiene.

How you handle your daily oral hygiene habits is essential if you want your veneers to last. Avoid dark and bright foods or beverages, and don’t use tobacco products. 

Sticky foods, chewing gum, and biting hard objects can damage both kinds of veneers. Porcelain is more resistant, yet, just as your teeth can crack, so can a porcelain shell. Go ahead and eat what you normally would, but keep the sticky and hard foods and chewing gum to a minimum.

“How long do veneers last on the front teeth” and other similar questions also have answers that depend on your behavior. Front teeth are the most exposed, so we worry about them the most. However, if you care for all your teeth, the front ones will be fine.

Brush twice a day (at least), floss every day, and use mouthwash to get rid of the pesky hidden bacteria. Visit Dyme Dental regularly for cleanings and exams so we can monitor your teeth and your veneers for possible problems.

These steps will help you keep your veneers and your natural teeth as healthy as possible for a long time!

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