How Long Do Veneers Last and How Do I Look After Them?
Whether you just got some new veneers or are thinking about getting them, you want to know how long they will last. After all, dental veneers are a valuable investment you make in your smile.
Let’s discuss how to get your money’s worth out of your veneers.
Are Dental Veneers Permanent?
While veneers often permanently alter teeth, the restorations themselves aren’t going to last forever.
Dental veneers are not strong enough to withstand the amount of wear natural teeth go through. Because they are thin shells placed over the front of upper teeth, they can wear down and even chip off with time, no matter what they are made of.
And what if you have gum recession?
Receding gums reveal the yellow roots of teeth. Your veneers won’t grow to cover the exposed areas as your gums shrink. The faster your gums recede, the sooner your veneers will look unnatural.
On average, most veneers last anywhere from 10-15 years. This number varies by the type of veneer and how the veneer is cared for. If you take good care of your veneers, they should be a great investment and last a very long time.
What You Can Do To Make Your Veneers Last Longer
Dental veneers are subject to conditions in the mouth. Although the veneer material doesn’t stain or break down, the tooth material it’s attached to can. As a tooth breaks down, the veneer can losen.
A highly acidic oral environment tends to predispose teeth to enamel erosion. As the teeth weaken, they can develop cavities that grow right underneath the veneers. Weak teeth cannot retain veneers, and these cosmetic restorations cannot prevent all cavities.
Is there any way to lower the acidity of your mouth?
Fortunately, yes, there is.
Avoid foods high in sugar or acids such as:
- Soft drink
- Fruit juice
- Sports drinks
- Energy drinks
Snacks containing fibre or dairy are often very helpful in preventing acidic plaque buildup and lowering the acidity of your saliva.
Your oral hygiene routine might play an even more important role than your diet.
Clean teeth are essential for retaining dental veneers. Keep your teeth healthy and strong with frequent flossing and daily brushing. A mouthwash suggested by Dr. Dunstone might also help.
Additionally, take extra care to use your teeth gently once you get veneers. Be cautious about biting into very hard foods and never use your teeth as tools. This way, you’ll avoid an untimely accident that could damage a veneer.
South Adelaide Dental Veneers
Either before or after you get veneers you’ll have questions like:
- How long do veneers last?
- What can I do to get the most of my veneers?
- Will my veneers need to be replaced?
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Dunstone, based in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, has those answers for you. Schedule your free, no obligation consultation with our team at South Beach Dental today. Contact our office or call us at (08) 8384 4872.