Are dental veneers permanent?

We often recommend dental veneers to address numerous aesthetic issue. However, are they a permanent solution? Our dentists in Quesnel explain the purpose of these restorations and list factors that impact longevity. 

What are dental veneers?

Your dentist bonds these thin, custom-made slivers of tooth-coloured porcelain to the fronts of your teeth with composite resin cement. Dental veneers create a surface that looks and feels much like your natural teeth. 

With veneers, we can change the perceived shape, colour or position of your teeth, helping you reveal a more aesthetically pleasing smile. 

How long do porcelain dental veneers last?

This is not considered a permanent procedure since porcelain veneers will probably need to be replaced at some point. That said, if they are properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last a number of years - usually about 15 on average. Some key factors may help them last longer (2- years or more). 

After veneers have been placed, maintaining an excellent oral hygiene routine will be more important than ever. This is because the longevity of your veneers depends on how well you care for them. Patients who maintain good oral hygiene (daily brushing and flossing) at home and who see the dentist regularly for professional dental exams and cleanings will be more likely to see their veneers last longer. 

Longevity will also be impacted by whether any oral health problems are corrected. Bite problems, biting hard objects, grinding and clenching can put excessive pressure on your teeth, and therefore your veneers.

Why do porcelain veneers need to be replaced?

Though porcelain is very durable, porcelain veneers can chip, fracture, decay or debond over time. You may also need to replace them if you experience gum recession, as this may cause the veneer to not fit correctly anymore.

Caring for dental veneers

There are a few things you can do to make your veneers last as long as possible. As mentioned, continuing an excellent oral health care practices is the best way to ensure your veneers stay in great condition. This can include:

Wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports

Trauma to the mouth (such as a run-in with another person or object) and cause dental veneers to fracture or fall off. This is why it’s important to wear a mouthguard to protect your restorations if you play contact sports.

Avoiding sticky, hard foods or using your teeth as tools

While your dental veneers will stand up to everyday chewing, don’t get into the bait of chewing ice or using them to rip open packages, as this increases the risk of chipping, loosening or breaking them.

Attending your regular dental appointments

When you attend your regular dental exams, you not only allow your dentist the opportunity to give your teeth an essential deep clean, but they will also take the time to check the condition of your veneers and treat any problems early before they have a chance to fully develop.

Practicing excellent oral hygiene

You know the drill - brush twice a day for two minutes each time, and floss at least once per day. Tooth decay is a common cause of failure of dental veneers.

Are porcelain veneers right for me?

Though dental veneers can be used to address several aesthetic concerns, they are not the right treatment for every dental health issue - or every person. In some cases, other restorations such as dental crowns, dental bonding, teeth whitening or orthodontics may be more effective treatment options.

If you are considering dental veneers, contact our Quesnel dentists today to book a consultation.

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