How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?
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How long do veneers last really depends on the individual person and what type of veneer they’ve had. For example, the different materials and veneers can be composite veneers or porcelain veneers. Composite veneers last for five years plus and porcelain veneers can last for more than 10 years. Porcelain veneers tend to be a lot harder, they tend not to stain but they tend to need a little bit more preparation than composite veneers. Composite veneers can stain, they can crack or break but they’re a lot easier to maintain and they tend to be able to be added onto the front surface of the tooth without needing much preparation. Other things that can affect the longevity of veneers are things like: the way that you take care of them, do you bite down on hard things, do you sort of like break knots with them, do you only have a soft diet, do you brush them well, do you clean in between your teeth well.
Having all that considered they can end up lasting for quite a nice long period of time. However, over 10 or 15 years you may find that the veneer is stuck on but the gums around the veneer start receding and so and as part of the normal aging process and so you may then feel that there’s a little bit of tooth that is exposed and then you may need to renew your veneers due to that reason. If you were to whiten your teeth you would find that the veneers do not whiten because they’re made out of porcelain or composite and so the natural tooth substances around them may whiten or an adjacent teeth may white lighten but the actual veneers may not whiten as well.
Also making sure that they’ve been installed well so making sure that there’s enough cement around them that they’re thick enough to endure sort of biting pressures and making sure that you look after them well as well sometimes after having several knees fitted on the front teeth your dentist may give you a mouth guard or a night guard. This is something to wear over your and like a gum shield to wear over your knees or over your top teeth when you’re sleeping in case you grind your teeth or you clench your jaw to help to protect them against those external forces as well. So, it’s always best to go and see your dentist and make sure you have regular checks on your veneers and make sure that they are all healthy and well.
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