Porcelain veneers are long-lasting dental restorations provided they have the proper care. Our Toronto dentists explain why dental veneers might need to be replaced, and how long you can expect them to last.
What are porcelain veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain that cover the front surface of teeth. They are designed to improve the appearance of teeth by changing their color, shape, size, or length to give the patient an overall more uniform smile.
They can be used in combination with other cosmetic dental treatments, like teeth whitening or bonding, in a full mouth dental makeover.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers usually last for about 15 years on average, but they can last much longer (20 years or more) in some cases, depending on some key factors.
The longevity of veneers is affected by how well cared for they are. Patients who maintain good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) at home and who visit the dentist on a regular basis for professional dental cleanings and checkups are more likely to keep their veneers for longer.
Some of the longevity will also depend on the correction of any oral health issues the patient may have that can put excessive pressure on the teeth and veneers. These issues include bite problem, as well as clenching, grinding, and biting hard objects.
Why do porcelain veneers need to be replaced?
Although porcelain is very durable, with time porcelain veneers will begin to experience wear and tear in the form of chipping, breakage, decay, or debonding. They may also need to be replaced if the patient experiences gum recession, as this can cause the veneer not to fit properly anymore.
Are porcelain veneers right for me?
Porcelain veneers are durable cosmetic dental restorations that can improve the appearance of your smile. However, they are not the right treatment for every person, or for every dental health problem. In some cases, other restorations like dental crowns, dental bonding, orthodontics or teeth whitening may be more effective treatment options.