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How Long Can You Expect Veneers to Last?

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Dental veneers are basically thin shells applied to the front of your teeth, making them look even and undamaged. They can disguise imperfections in your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.

One important factor to keep in mind when deciding whether to go with veneers is how long they typically last. In this article, we’ll help answer that question and look at what can affect the lifespan of dental veneers.

What to know about different types of veneers and their longevity

Be sure to ask your dentist about your options when it comes to veneers. Find out what kinds of veneers they offer and recommend.

Here’s what to know about the different types of veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is perhaps the most commonly used material for veneers. And for good reason: The material is thin and translucent, which produces a very realistic result.

Porcelain veneers have a reputation for longevity. A 2018 review of multiple studies suggests that these veneers can last 10 years or longer in the vast majority of cases.

One study of 84 people with porcelain veneers even found that the veneers had lasted as long as 20 years.

The same 2018 review points out that some research has uncovered shorter longevity for porcelain veneers. This might be the result of applying the porcelain veneers to teeth that weren’t appropriately prepared in advance.

Porcelain veneers can vary in price. According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, you can expect to pay between $925 and $2,500 per tooth.

Who is a good candidate for veneers?

If you’ve been frowning at your smile in the mirror, you may be wondering if dental veneers are the right choice for you.

They’re not the best solution for seriously damaged teeth. Crowns are probably a better option for those situations. But veneers may be a good option if your teeth are:

  • chipped
  • discolored
  • fractured
  • undersized

You’ll also want to find out from your dentist if veneers are covered by insurance. Depending on the situation, veneers may be considered an elective cosmetic treatment. If that’s the case, insurance won’t cover a portion of the cost.

Do veneers last longer than crowns?

Depending on the state of your teeth, you may be wondering about the benefits of veneers versus the benefits of crowns. One factor to consider is longevity.

There are several types of crowns, but they’re all basically a cap for a damaged tooth. They cover all or most of the tooth and can be created out of several different substances, including:

  • porcelain
  • metal
  • composite resin
  • a combination of materials

Crowns tend to be thicker than veneers. They’re 2 millimetres, compared to about 1 millimetre for veneers. Since they cover more of your tooth than a veneer, less of the tooth is exposed to new decay. Veneers only cover the front of your tooth and are most often applied to the front eight teeth.

The lifespan of a crown can vary. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, depending on the material used, a veneer can last 5 to 10 years on average.

What can affect the lifespan of veneers?

With dental veneers, several factors can affect the lifespan of the type of veneer you choose. Let’s take a closer look at what can affect longevity.

The state of your teeth before installation. According to some dentists, the state of your teeth before getting a veneer may affect your lifespan.

Veneer materials. Porcelain and no-prep veneers last longer than composite veneers. However, these options are more expensive, so you’ll have to weigh the cost against the expected lifespan.

Your dental hygiene. Good oral hygiene really matters. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are crucial to prolonging the lifespan of veneers. It’s also important to have dental checkups and cleanings every 6 months.

Mouth protection. If you play a contact sport, be sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers from chipping or breaking.

Tooth grinding. Grinding your teeth can put excessive pressure on your veneers. If you’re prone to grinding your teeth when you sleep, wear a nighttime mouthguard to protect your veneers.

Using your teeth as tools. Don’t use your teeth to try and open objects that you can’t open with your hands or other tools.

Care with hard foods. Avoid biting down on foods like hard candies, ice, or nuts.

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