Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting but not permanent cosmetic dental procedure. They can last up to 20 years with proper care and maintenance, but the underlying tooth can suffer from decay. It is important to be vigilant and check for signs of aging or wear, such as stains, chips, or discomfort when using veneers. If the veneer begins to separate from the tooth, food debris can hide between them and cause tooth decay.
Loosening or peeling off of the veneer, or exposure of the area between the teeth and gums due to an underlying gum problem are also signs that it may need to be replaced. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers is seven to 20 years with proper care. Poor quality veneers may need replacement sooner. To ensure that your porcelain veneers last as long as possible, it is important to choose a high quality product and take good care of them.
Avoid biting hard objects or using your teeth to cut tape, crack things, or open packages as this can damage the veneer. Additionally, maintain a good dental care routine to prevent gum recession and decay. The main benefit of using porcelain for the manufacture of veneers is that they are substantially stronger than traditional dental ceramics. However, even with proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers do not last forever.
If you notice any signs of wear and tear or other worrying symptoms, it may be time for a replacement. Porcelain veneers offer an additional level of protection against decay and help preserve the structure of your teeth.