Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Among cosmetic dentistry treatments, porcelain veneers have a reputation as being one of the most effective and versatile options. Porcelain veneers sit over the facial surface of the teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws and completely makeover the appearance of the smile. But many patients want to know how long porcelain veneers will last.
Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells, but they are surprisingly durable. Dr. John D. Meola prepares our Boston, MA, patients for how long they can expect porcelain veneers to last, along with tips to prolong their lifespan.
What Is the Average Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are made of durable materials that are strong enough to withstand the normal force and pressure sustained by the natural teeth. Still, the lifespan of porcelain veneers can vary significantly from one patient to another.
The lifespan of porcelain veneers depends largely on aftercare. With proper care, patients should be able to enjoy their porcelain veneers for an average of 10 years, though some of our Boston patients keep their veneers for up to 20 years.
Maximizing the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
Good oral hygiene and healthy dental habits are key to maximizing the lifespan of porcelain veneers. By taking some simple precautions, patients should be able to protect their veneers so that they enhance the smile for many years.
- Brush and floss regularly: Just because the natural teeth are covered, that doesn’t mean they can’t suffer from dental complications. Patients need to continue to brush and floss regularly to minimize oral health risks.
- Schedule routine dental checkups: Regular dental cleanings remove built-up plaque and tartar, while exams allow dental issues to be diagnosed before serious complications develop.
- Minimize exposure to force: Porcelain veneers are strong, but they are not quite as strong as the natural teeth. To prolong the lifespan of dental restorations, patients should avoid biting on non-food objects, limit the consumption of especially hard foods, and refrain from grinding or clenching the teeth.
What Do I Do if My Veneers Become Damaged?
Even when porcelain veneers are cared for properly, our Boston patients should expect that they will eventually become damaged or worn down. It is important that patients be prepared and know what to do once porcelain veneers are no longer structurally sound.
During porcelain veneers treatment, a thin layer of tooth enamel is removed. Although the amount of material removed is minimal, the teeth will be vulnerable without the protection of porcelain veneers. Our doctors often recommend replacing porcelain veneers at the earliest sign of damage. Porcelain veneers replacement is a simple procedure that is similar to the initial porcelain veneers treatment.
Porcelain veneers are attractive and natural-looking dental prosthetics that should last for many years. If you would like to find out if you are an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers treatment, contact us at your earliest convenience. You can also call (857) 350-3400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. John D. Meola.