Veneers are custom-made shells designed to improve the look of your smile. They’re a type of cosmetic dentistry – that means they’re not used to fix medical problems, just to alter the look of your teeth.
There are a couple of different types of veneer – our focus today will be on porcelain veneers. You’ll see a number of different claims about veneer longevity online. For porcelain veneers, 10 years is the number you’ll see thrown around the most.
Though we hate to break the porcelain bubble for anyone, things aren’t that simple.
A lifespan of 10 years before a replacement is needed might be what most dental professionals see, but there’s actually a lot of variance in that number. Some porcelain veneers will last less than 10 years. Veneers that are well taken care of, on the other hand, can last 20 years, or more.
Why your veneers might need to be replaced
Veneers can become cracked and damaged over time. This can occur more frequently if you have a habit of eating hard foods, or if you grind your teeth (a condition known as bruxism).
Your porcelain veneers are cosmetic – we know we’ve said it once, but it bears repeating because it means that they’re not protecting your teeth. You need to continue to brush and floss as usual. If you get cavities, gum disease, or other oral health problems, your veneers may need to be removed and replaced so your health problem can be treated properly.
Veneers can also come loose over time. That’s because the adhesive we use to attach the veneer to the tooth degrades more quickly than porcelain – no matter how well you take care of your veneers, they’ll eventually come loose.
What you can do to increase the lifespan of your veneers
The best thing you can do is take good care of your oral health. That means flossing regularly, and brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should also avoid whitening toothpastes; they’re more abrasive, which can cause problems for the veneers.
You’ll also want to continue seeing your dentist on a regular basis. They can monitor the quality of your veneers, help reduce your chances of developing oral health problems, and more.
You may also want to consider wearing a mouthguard if nighttime teeth grinding is a problem for you. Bruxism is one of the biggest causes of veneers cracking before they should.
Preserving your porcelain veneers also means avoiding chewing on hard objects or using your teeth as tools. That means no more crunching on hard ice, and no trying to rip open containers with your canines. Food only – and no, jawbreakers aren’t food. They’re veneer killers.
Looking for a veneers dentist in Winnipeg? Look no further. We’ve got decades of experience in dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry – in other words, we’ve placed a lot of beautiful veneers.