How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can address a lot of issues with your smile:

  • Tooth staining
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Irregularly-sized teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Minor cracks or chips, etc.

And the before and after pictures can be truly extraordinary, which is why many patients end up choosing this procedure. However, one of the most common questions people have regarding veneers in West Bend is how long their new smile will last.

The short answer is that with the right maintenance, veneers can last anywhere between 10-15 years, possibly even longer.

Keep reading this short blog post to find out how to enjoy your new smile for decades!

How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that gets bonded to the tooth’s natural surface. The dentist will have to shave off a bit of the tooth's enamel, just enough to create a rough texture and allow the veneers to stay fixed to the tooth’s surface.

But because the tooth’s enamel doesn't grow back, getting veneers is considered an irreversible procedure. Should your veneers get damaged down the line, you will need to have them replaced. But, getting veneers will not cause any damage to your teeth, such as sensitivity or weakness.

What Can Damage Veneers?

Veneers are made from strong porcelain that can withstand a lot of things, but they are far from indestructible. Veneers can chip, crack, and even break under the right circumstances:

  • Tooth grinding
  • Accidents
  • Blows to the mouth
  • Chewing on hard objects or foods
  • Using your teeth to open packages, etc.

How to Properly Maintain Your Veneers

You can enjoy your veneers for a long time with the proper oral hygiene routine and maintenance. Unlike other cosmetic procedures like dental crowns, veneers will only cover the front part of the tooth, which leaves the natural tooth exposed to bacteria and food particles. So your at-home care is equally important to extend the lifespan of your veneers and protect your natural teeth from decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

Here are some tips for caring for new veneers:

  • Brush your teeth at least two times a day, preferably after every meal
  • Floss daily
  • Cleanse your mouth after you eat or drink fluoride water to flush out some food debris and bacteria
  • Eat a balanced diet with fresh fruits and veggies
  • Spot smoking
  • Reduce your consumption of hard foods, and always avoid chewing them with your front teeth;
  • Get treatment for tooth grinding
  • See the dentist routinely

Interested in Veneers? We Can Help!

Veneers are just one of many cosmetic procedures we provide at Oakbrook Dental. If you want to learn whether veneers are right for you or access other cosmetic dentistry options, simply stop by for a consultation.

To get started, book your appointment with Dr. Patel or Dr. Pako Major online, or call us at (262) 335-0822.