Dentists can use veneers to change the look of your smile. Instead of removing and replacing a damaged tooth, your dentist can place a veneer over top of your existing tooth. This is a cosmetic procedure; it doesn’t improve your oral health – veneers are used in cases where teeth are stained or misshapen. The question asked in the title is complex to answer because of the different types of veneers available and the different patients who are using veneers.
There are two types of veneers you’ll commonly see: resin veneers and porcelain veneers. Resin veneers are the more affordable of the two options but they tend to last for less time than their porcelain counterparts. You might find information online indicating that porcelain veneers last from 7-15 years. While that may be true on average, it doesn’t give the full picture – porcelain can last for much longer than the expected lifespan of a veneer; think of all that antique porcelain you may have seen on Antiques Roadshow!
That brings us to the real reason it’s hard to determine the lifespan of a veneer – the differences between patients. Veneers are occupying a very important space in your mouth; they’re bonded to your teeth. That means anytime you’re chewing or drinking, you’re applying mild force to the veneer. You may also be applying pressure to your veneer subconsciously – conditions like bruxism, where you grind or clench your teeth, can be disastrous for the longevity of your veneer. Those stresses can be enough to crack your veneer which would lead to another visit to your dentist.
To complicate things even further, the veneer is affixed to the tooth. That means that if the tooth develops problems, the veneer is likely to be in trouble, too. In fact, if your tooth has decay, a dentist won’t even put a veneer on it until that decay is taken care of. Gum disease can cause problems for veneers, too, so they won’t be applied until your gums are healthy enough. That means that a good oral health routine is just as important when you have veneers, if not more important.
With all of this in mind, if you’re taking good care of your teeth and you’re mindful while you eat, your veneers can last for a very long time. For veneers Winnipeg residents can trust, get in touch with us here at Markham Dental Centre. We’ll give you advice on how to get the most out of your veneers and can discuss a number of cosmetic dentistry options with you.