How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneer treatment is one of the most widely performed cosmetic dentistry procedures. Porcelain veneers conceal aesthetic blemishes and provide the appearance of a straight, white, and uniform smile. While porcelain veneers offer promising results, some people hesitate to undergo treatment due to the cost. They often wonder how long porcelain veneers last, and whether treatment is a good investment.
The porcelain veneers offered at Boston Prosthodontics are strong, attractive, and durable, making them a great value for our Boston, MA, patients. Here we discuss the average lifespan of porcelain veneers, and offer some tips that can help individuals get the most wear out of these cosmetic restorations.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Porcelain veneers are small, thin, shell-like restorations that are shaped to fit over the teeth and conceal imperfections such as dental stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and minor misalignment problems. To look at them, most people wouldn’t assume that porcelain veneers last very long.
Average Porcelain Veneers Lifespan
Despite their delicate appearance, porcelain veneers are made of materials that are well known for their strength and durability. Porcelain veneers are meant to last and withstand the force of biting and chewing.
On average, porcelain veneers last a minimum of ten years. With proper care, our Boston patients can enjoy their veneers for well over a decade, and upwards of 20 years.
Prolonging the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are meant to last a long time, but just like the natural teeth, they are susceptible to damage, aging, and simple wear and tear. The better that porcelain veneers (and the natural teeth beneath them) are cared for, the longer they will last.
We recommend these tips for prolonging the lifespan of porcelain veneers:
- Continue to practice good oral hygiene habits, that includes regular brushing and flossing
- Brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste
- Schedule dental exams and routine cleanings twice a year
- Avoid grinding or clenching the teeth
- Refrain from using the teeth as tools or biting on non-food items
- If participating in contact sports, wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth
Can Porcelain Veneers Be Replaced?
Even with proper oral hygiene and dental care practices, porcelain veneers are not meant to last forever. Eventually they will wear down or become damaged. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can be replaced, and in some cases, even repaired. Replacing porcelain veneers is not only beneficial to maintaining an attractive looking smile, but it is also necessary to the health and function of the teeth.
When porcelain veneers are placed, the process is similar to the placement of the original veneers. Sometimes a little more tooth enamel is removed so that the new restorations sit flush with the adjacent teeth. This does not substantially alter the remaining tooth structure, and dentists take great effort to leave as much natural tooth structure as possible for optimal dental health. Repair or replacement of damaged veneers is necessary to protect the natural teeth.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
If you’d like more information about porcelain veneers treatment, the team at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group would be happy to assist you. You can get in touch with our team through our online message center, or by calling (617) 523-5451.