Dental veneers can restore the appearance of your smile by covering up damaged tooth surfaces. Because some of your dental enamel needs to be removed in order to make space for the veneers, you should consider porcelain veneers, which are stronger and longer lasting than composite resin. Let’s take a closer look at the fascinating world of cosmetic dentistry and how veneers can transform your smile.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells or covers that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They can be used to cover up a number of dental concerns such as
- Teeth that are worn down or uneven
- Teeth that are cracked, chipped, fractured or broken
- Teeth that have been decayed
- Teeth that have been discoloured but that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments
- They can also be used to increase the size of small teeth that create a gappy smile.
Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry and are used to change the aesthetics of your teeth. While the extra layer does strengthen the teeth a little, they are not restorations. Equally, while they may change the appearance of teeth that are not straight, they cannot straighten crooked teeth and are not a substitute for orthodontic treatment.
So How Long Do Veneers Last?
You generally have two material choices for veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Each material has its own pros and cons, however, porcelain veneers are considered to be the highest quality for their durability, strength and their resemblance to natural teeth.
With good dental care, which includes twice-daily brushing and flossing as well as visits to the dentist twice a year, porcelain veneers can be expected to last for between 12 and 25 years. They are less likely to be chipped and cracked than composite resin. Because of the nature of porcelain, it is also less susceptible to staining and discolouration caused by tobacco products, red wine and coffee.
Composite resin is a softer material with a shorter lifespan than porcelain veneers and these veneers may only last for between four and eight years before they need to be replaced.
These are estimate figures, that are subject to how well you care for your veneers. In some instances, veneers can last for longer when they are looked after properly.
When you are making a comparison it’s important to include the cost with the lifespan for an accurate projection of what the long term cost will be. While porcelain veneers will cost more initially, they will not need to be redone as often. If you need to replace your dental veneers regularly, you will pay more over the long run.
Remember also that a small amount of dental enamel must be removed each time you have veneers done so it is in your interests to choose wisely, taking your overall dental health into consideration.
If you’d like to know more about how long do veneers last or which material suits your needs, it’s best to speak to a professional. Please contact us for a confidential appointment: (02) 9158 6309.