How Long Do Veneers Last?

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Dental veneers are a great way to repair worn or chipped teeth, or even out the shape, shade, and appearance of your smile. At Centerport Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, cosmetic dentist Dr. Benjamin Wang offers both direct veneers and indirect veneers to new and existing patients.

Dr. Wang often gets asked how long veneers will continue looking and working great, and what his patients can do to lengthen the lifespan of their veneers. Here’s what you need to know.

The material matters when it comes to veneer lifespan

Dental veneers use a thin, tooth-like shell of material to conceal and repair problems in one or multiple teeth. Dental veneers can be used to improve your smile and disguise dental imperfections, and can be made of several different types of material.

While the care you take of your teeth matters when it comes to dental veneer lifespan, the material your veneers are made of makes a big difference, as well. Different veneer materials have different upsides and drawbacks.

Indirect veneers

Indirect veneers use porcelain as the material for the applied dental veneer. Porcelain has several benefits as a veneer material. It’s translucent, and looks very much like your natural teeth in appearance.

Indirect or porcelain veneers are also quite long-lasting, and can stay good for up to ten years or even longer, especially if you practice good oral hygiene when it comes to brushing and flossing.

The process of putting your indirect veneers in place does involve the removal of a small amount of enamel from the surface of your tooth in order to create room for the veneer. That means that it’s important to replace your veneers when they wear out, no matter how many years it’s been.

Direct veneers

At Centerport Family & Implant Dentistry, we also offer direct veneers that use a composite material for the veneer surface. Direct veneers also look natural and improve the appearance of your teeth. Dr. Wang applies the composite material in multiple layers, shaping each veneer by hand and creating the desired tooth shape.

While direct veneers are less expensive, they aren’t as long-lasting as porcelain veneers, and typically wear out after five years or more. However, since composite veneers don’t involve any removal of your dental enamel, your direct veneers aren’t permanent, and don’t necessarily need to be replaced.

Caring for your veneers

When you have veneers, it’s important to protect your dental health by brushing twice daily, flossing, and using a nightguard to cushion unconscious tooth-grinding or tapping.

To learn more about the best type of dental veneers for you, get in touch with Dr. Wang and the team at Centerport Family & Implant Dentistry today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone now.

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