Veneers are a permanent procedure. But, that doesn't mean what most people think. They are permanent in the sense that you can't go back to your natural teeth after getting them. However, veneers do need to be replaced.
Feeling a bit confused?
Here's a more detailed explanation.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain or composite resin shells that are used to fix dental flaws like tooth chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, uneven teeth, and so on.
They are bonded to the front surface of the tooth after a dentist near you has removed a small amount of enamel. Enamel, unlike other tissues in your body, doesn't grow back, so once you get veneers, you will always need veneers.
Do Veneers Last Forever?
While they are made from sturdy materials, veneers don't last forever. Their lifespan is affected by a number of factors, such as:
- The type of material used - Porcelain veneers are more resistant and last longer than composite resin ones.)
- Your dental hygiene - People with very good oral hygiene usually enjoy their veneers a lot longer than those who often neglect to clean their teeth
- Your lifestyle - People who consume lots of acidic and sugary foods and beverages may need to change their veneers sooner
- Your habits - People who bite their nails, chew on pen caps, grind their teeth, and so on may damage their veneers faster.
What Happens If I Don't Replace My Veneers?
If your veneers are damaged or worn out, you need to replace them. Otherwise, your entire oral health may be affected.
- The veneers will start separating from the tooth, making it easier for bacteria to get in. Over time, the tooth under the veneer will decay.
- The veneers may become loose and fall out, leaving your teeth exposed and unprotected.
- The veneers will stain and lose their brightness, giving you a dull, yellowish smile.
How Often Do Veneers Need Replaced?
The answer depends on the type of veneers used. On average, composite resin veneers last between 5 to 8 years, while porcelain veneers have a lifespan of about 10-15 years. With proper oral care, you can expand the life expectancy of your veneers with a few good years, but it's safe to say that you will probably need to replace your veneers every decade or so.
Are Veneers Good for Me?
Most people are good candidates for veneers in Baltimore, especially if they have overall good oral health. But, depending on your dental issues, Dr. Amanda Hurley may determine that another cosmetic or restorative treatment is more appropriate.
That's why it's a good idea to schedule an initial consultation at Be More Dental and find the best way to restore your smile.
You can do so by requesting an appointment online or by calling our office at (410) 276-4455.