Having dental veneers placed by qualified cosmetic dentists, such as those at The Dental Boutique, means you can expect them to last a long time. Although not immortal, veneers are considered a permanent accessory and could last 10 to 30 years if properly cared for. Depending on the type of veneer you choose and other lifestyle factors, the lifespan of a veneer typically lasts 5 to 10 years. Yes, most patients replace their veneers at some point in their lives, as veneers last up to 12 years.
When this time comes, your dentist will polish and remake the veneers. Depending on the patient's needs and budget, there is also the option of having partial veneers that cover only part of the tooth or full dental veneers, which cover the entire front of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are thin “porcelain shells” that adhere to the front of the tooth. And as a result, many veneer preparations today contain large regions of dental dentin, a situation that is likely to negatively impact the previously reported high success rates.
After about a week with temporary veneers, the patient would return to have more molds and impressions taken for the final veneers. Dental veneers are actually very easy to care for and are similar to caring for natural teeth. Composite resin is less durable than porcelain, which causes veneers to chip and break more easily than porcelain veneers. The consensus of research studies seems to be that the longevity (survival) of porcelain veneer is generally in the range of 90 to 95% after 10 years of service.
When choosing what type of dental veneer is right for you, you'll need to weigh several factors, including the short- and long-term cost, the expected lifespan of the veneers, and the appearance you hope to achieve. Composite veneers are made of a synthetic mixture of resin (plastic) and glass, which is applied to the tooth one layer at a time. Since most veneers are made of porcelain, which is glass, they are susceptible to breakage under excessive pressure. For example, tooth decay or partial detachment of the veneer may only be detected during a dental exam by your dentist.
If additional adjustments are required, the dentist handles the dyes under the veneer instead of polishing the dyes that are above it. This means that composite veneers generally have a shorter lifespan (around eight years) than porcelain veneers. This is a significant investment for many people, who want to be assured that their veneers will look good and will remain functional for many years to come.