When it comes to dental procedures, no one wants to go through more treatment or pay more than they have to. This idea holds true for a lot of cosmetic dental procedures, such as veneers, because they aren’t usually covered by insurance. You want to make sure you’re getting the best quality when you head to your dentist.
A lot of this depends on the dentist themselves. But most dental offices, like Dr. Lin’s, pride themselves on their reputation. The treatment you get there will be high-quality and ADA (American Dental Administration) approved.
But even the highest-quality products aren’t always permanent solutions. Take veneers, for example. They’re one of the most in-demand cosmetic treatments in dentistry. They can fix a wide range of problems. Yet, many people still don’t know what they are.
If you have a “flaw” in your smile that you’re not happy with, veneers may be the way to fix it. They’re a long-term solution to many little dental problems.
Are veneers permanent? They are definitely long-lasting, but how you take care of them plays a role in how long your veneers will last.
The Basics About Veneers
With the increase of social media affecting how many of us see ourselves, veneers are gaining in popularity. The influencers themselves want a bright and shiny smile, and then their audiences want one, too!
But even before social media’s impact on cosmetic dentistry, veneers were a favorite fix for many problems.
Veneers are a quick and simple fix for things like chips and gaps, teeth sizes, and more. Since they’re effective yet affordable, they’re in high demand from patients once they learn about the benefits.
Often referred to as porcelain veneers, although some are composite resin, these tiny, water-thin shells take care of so many “big” problems! They are custom-made to match your natural teeth and cover the flaw you want to fix, such as:
- Discolorations in your teeth that can’t be fixed with whitening products
- Chips in your teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
- A tooth that has been worn down for any reason
- Spaces between your front teeth
The type of material your veneers are made from is up to you and your dentist. The material and how you take care of them makes a difference in their permanency.
Porcelain or Composite Resin Veneers?
Both types of veneers have their own advantages and disadvantages. Before you choose which type you prefer, check out these tips:
Porcelain veneers are very strong. They’re durable enough that you can eat just about anything you would with your natural teeth without a concern. They’re difficult to stain—in fact, they’re even harder to stain than your natural teeth are!
So how long do porcelain veneers last? That depends on how well you take care of them and how much you listen to the dentist with your aftercare instructions!
Applying porcelain veneers is a simple process. The dentist removes a tiny bit of enamel from your tooth to make room for the wafer shell of the veneer. An impression, or a mold, is made of the newly-prepared area and the veneer shade is chosen and sent off to be created.
The new veneer comes back from the lab and is bonded to your cleaned teeth. After a few visits and adjustments, the veneers should fit and feel like they’re part of your natural tooth.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are the second choice. These can be placed in one or two visits because they’re not custom-made.
However, they’re not as strong as porcelain veneers. Repairing veneers is easy, so if yours end up damaged, it’s okay!
Because they’re not custom-designed, composite resin veneers are less expensive than their porcelain counterparts. You can expect them to become damaged occasionally, but if you learn how to take care of your veneers, this can be limited.
The placement of composite resin veneers is simple. Your dentist prepares your teeth in one appointment. During that visit or at the next one, the veneer is shaped, sculpted, and bonded to the prepared tooth.
A special light is used to harden the material quickly. Once it’s hardened and bonded, the veneer is then smoothed down to match your natural teeth. Before you leave, it’s polished and set until it feels like a normal part of your mouth!
Taking Care of Your Veneers So They Last Longer
Veneers may not be permanent, but they can last a long time. If you care for them right, they may even last twenty years or more!
It’s possible for them to come loose over time, particularly if they’re composite resin. Your dentist can fix them if they’re minorly damaged, or you might need new ones. However, with proper care, it’s less likely for them to become damaged.
Placement of the veneers determines how likely they are to be damaged. The question of how long veneers last on the front teeth is different than one in the back.
If you opt for porcelain veneers, you take a lot of the worry away. Porcelain is stronger than your natural teeth’s enamel!
Take care of your veneers with regular dental visits, cleaning, and exams. At home, you should practice regular oral health care, including brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
Another way to take care of your veneers is to get rid of any bad habits you have, such as eating ice and sticky foods. Smoking or chewing tobacco is a quick way to discolor your veneers. Eating brightly colored foods or drinking dark beverages, like coffee, wine, and tea, can do this, too.
Come Get Your Veneers Today!
The first step in long-lasting veneers is making sure that the provider who applies them is reputable and top-quality. Dr. Brent Lin and our team are ready to help you take your smile to the next level!