Are dental veneers permanent?

Dental veneers can address a number of aesthetic issues, but are they a permanent solution? Our Sydney River dentists review the purpose of these restorations, and factors that affect longevity.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured slivers of porcelain that your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. They are bonded to your teeth with composite resin cement, resulting in a surface that resembles natural teeth in appearance and feel.

Veneers can help to change the perceived position, shape or colour of your teeth, leaving you with a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

How long do porcelain dental veneers last?

Porcelain veneers will almost certainly need to be replaced at some point, so they are not considered a permanent procedure. However, if properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last a long time - on average, about 15 years. They can last much longer (20 years or more) depending on certain key factors.

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine will be more important than ever after you've had veneers placed. This is due to the fact that the longevity of your veneers is determined by how well you care for them. Patients who practice good oral hygiene at home (brushing and flossing daily) and go to the dentist for professional dental exams and cleanings on a regular basis are more likely to have their veneers last longer.

The resolution of any oral health issues will also affect longevity. Bite issues, biting on hard objects, and clenching and grinding your teeth can put too much pressure on your veneers.

Why do porcelain veneers need to be replaced?

Even though porcelain is very resilient, porcelain veneers can eventually chip, fracture, decay, or lose their bond. If you have gum recession, you might also need to have them replaced because the veneer may no longer fit properly.

Caring for dental veneers

Your veneers can last as long as possible by following a few simple steps. The best way to ensure your veneers stay in great condition is to maintain excellent oral health care habits, as was previously mentioned. Among them are:

Wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports

Trauma to the mouth (such as a collision with another person or object) can fracture or fall off dental veneers. This is why, if you participate in contact sports, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your restorations.

Avoiding sticky, hard foods or using your teeth as tools

While your dental veneers will withstand normal chewing, avoid 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 go to your regular dental exams, you not only allow your dentist to give your teeth a thorough cleaning, but they will also inspect the condition of your veneers and treat any problems before they become serious.

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?

Although there are a number of aesthetic issues that can be resolved with dental veneers, not everyone is a candidate for this treatment. In some instances, more effective treatment options may include dental crowns, dental bonding, teeth whitening, or orthodontics.

If you are considering dental veneers, contact our Sydney River dentists today to schedule a consultation.

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