Dental veneers help many people rediscover their beautiful smile by hiding certain imperfections on their teeth.
But are veneers worthwhile in the long run? Exactly how long do veneers last?
Answer: installing dental veneers is a good long-term investment. They can hide more imperfections than a simple cleaning or whitening and have a much longer life span.
In this article, learn more about the lifespan of dental veneers and the factors that influence longevity.
Veneer material: the main indicator of how long veneers will last
The service life of dental veneers depends mainly on the material used to produce them. Depending on what material the patient chooses, veneers can remain intact for longer or shorter periods of time.
Below are more details on the life expectancy of dental veneers according to the most commonly used manufacturing materials.
The lifespan of ceramic, porcelain or acrylic dental veneers
So-called “indirect” dental veneers, which are custom-made in a laboratory, can be made of different materials: ceramic, porcelain or acrylic.
Veneers created with these materials are very resistant, both in terms of strength and stain protection. As a matter of fact, it has been shown that the vast majority of dental veneers made of these materials remain intact after at least 12 years. They can even last up to 20 years.
How long do composite veneers last?
“Direct” veneers are made of dental composite. While this option is less expensive, the life expectancy of these veneers is much shorter.
Since this material isn’t as strong as ceramic or porcelain, these veneers last for a maximum of 4 or 5 years. However, it is fairly easy for an experienced dentist to touch up composite veneers, if necessary.
The circumstances of installation and maintenance influence the service life of dental veneers.
Although manufacturing materials are the main indicators of veneer lifespan, other factors should also be considered.
First, the success of dental veneers depends on the experience of the dentist who places them and the prosthetist who makes them. If the bonding is done properly, the success of the installation is pretty much guaranteed. This is why it is important to choose a recognized cosmetic dentistry clinic for the installation of veneers.
However, good post-installation maintenance is equally important to ensure the longevity of dental veneers.
After the application of dental veneers, maintaining excellent oral hygiene and scaling once or twice a year is essential. This will prevent infiltration that can cause stains on the veneers and increase the risk of dental cavities.
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So, how long do dental veneers last?
The main factor influencing the service life of the veneers is the material they are made of. Indirect veneers made of ceramics, porcelain or acrylic have a much higher strength than those made of composite.
The installation circumstances and the maintenance of the veneers also have a role to play in the lifetime of the veneers.
Would you like to use dental veneers to restore a brighter smile? At Clinique Dentaire 1935, our cosmetic dentistry professionals will provide you with quality services to ensure the longevity of your veneers.
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