Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures nowadays. They give you an enhanced, straight, and bright smile and it only takes about one or two sessions in the dentist chair. They are sturdy and shiny, making you feel more confident to show your smile more often.
Veneers are not as invasive as dental crowns, and they last longer than simple dental bonding, but many people are not sure about their permanence. It is because veneers do have to be replaced after a while. However, the procedure is irreversible.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are thin wafers of dental porcelain or composite that are placed on the exterior surface of teeth to improve their look and to strengthen their structure. They are bonded to your teeth using a strong cement-like material after the dentist removes a thin layer of your natural enamel to make space for the artificial covers.
Are Veneers Reversible?
Because the procedure involves the removal of natural enamel, veneers are not reversible. Getting veneers will permanently expose your teeth, which will always need a cover (veneers, crowns, or composite). Although the veneers themselves will have to be replaced, you can’t go back to your natural teeth afterward.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The lifespan of veneers depends on the material used, and on how well you take care of them. Also, the dentist who puts your veneers must do it properly, without leaving spaces or removing too much enamel.
Porcelain veneers are longer-lasting, taking up to 15 years before you need to replace them. Composite veneers will deteriorate faster and it will take 5-10 years before needing new ones.
How to Make Your Veneers Last Longer?
As mentioned, if you take good care of your veneers, they will last longer. Here are some tips on how to make your veneers last longer:
- Keep a strict oral hygiene regime and use a soft-bristled brush to clean your teeth and veneers. Avoid abrasive toothpaste, as it can harm the top layer of the veneers;
- Avoid consuming staining foods and beverages, or rinse your mouth with water immediately after having them;
- Quit smoking!
- Visit your dentist regularly and have your veneers checked, repaired, and cleaned whenever needed;
- Don’t use your teeth as tools (for example, for opening lids or caps), and wear a nightguard if you tend to grind your teeth at night.
Need an Appointment?
If you want to have new veneers or an alternative cosmetic procedure, or you need to replace your old veneers, you are welcome to contact our team of experts at Smillie Dental. We work with plenty of patients who would like their smile to be prettier and natural-looking, and our doctors have a fantastic eye for cosmetic dentistry.
Contact us to book an appointment today! We will do a thorough exam and together determine the best treatment plan for your needs.