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How Long Do Veneers Last?

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A dentist shows a woman her new veneers over her teeth.

Thanks to modern advancements in dental technology, several cosmetic dental procedures can help you achieve an aesthetically pleasing smile. One of the most popular procedures among dental patients worldwide is veneers.

Not only can they help improve the appearance of your teeth, but also their functionality. But how long can you expect them to last in your mouth?

Veneers are known for their longevity, and if you practice good oral hygiene habits, they can last as long as 15 years

Veneers aren’t the only option. During your dental exam, your dental team can determine if veneers are the optimal cosmetic fix for your situation.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are custom-designed thin shells of tooth-coloured material bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They’re commonly made of porcelain and are highly durable against staining.

Often, patients get veneers on 6 to 8 of the front upper teeth to create a uniform smile, correcting several cosmetic imperfections, such ad:

  • Misshapen teeth
  • Discolouration
  • Undersized teeth
  • Gaps 
  • Chips

How Long Do Veneers Last?

With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your veneers to last around 10 to 15 years or longer. However, the lifespan of your veneers depends factors like your oral hygiene habits, diet, and overall dental health.

A woman leans back in a dental chair while the dentist hands her a mirror to view which colour of veneers she would like to match her teeth.

How to Make Veneers Last

Stick to a Consistent Oral Hygiene Routine

To keep your veneers—and natural teeth—in good condition, it’s essential to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, floss daily, and use mouthwash if recommended by your dentist. Good oral hygiene habits are crucial for preventing gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental health complications that can compromise the integrity of your veneers.

Avoid Hard & Sticky Foods

Although veneers are durable, they aren’t indestructible. Hard foods like nuts and candy can cause chips or cracks or dislodge them. Sticky foods like gummies or caramel can damage your veneers by sticking to them and putting pressure on the edges.

Avoid consuming excessive amounts of sugary and acidic foods and drinks, including soda, candy, and citrus fruits. These substances can erode the enamel of your natural teeth and cause damage to your veneers. Opt for a balanced diet with plenty of calcium-rich foods to promote healthy teeth and bones.

Wear a Mouthguard

Durable porcelain veneers can still become damaged under pressure. If you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night, a mouthguard can help protect your veneers from damage. A custom-fit mouthguard can prevent chips, cracks, and fractures by cushioning your teeth and reducing the force applied to them.

Talk to your dentist about getting a customized mouthguard if you engage in high-risk activities that can damage your veneers.

Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Routine dental check-ups are essential for maintaining good oral health and identifying issues before they become problems. During your dental visits, your dentist can check the condition of your veneers and make necessary adjustments or repairs. They can also provide professional cleanings to remove plaque or tartar buildup that can compromise your veneers.

Other dental health concerns can affect the integrity of your veneers. For example, gum disease can cause your gums to recede and expose the edges of your veneers, making them more susceptible to decay and damage. Therefore, it’s essential to maintain regular dental check-ups and cleanings to preserve optimal oral health.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

Many use their teeth as makeshift tools to open packages, rip tags off clothes, or hold objects when their hands are occupied. While this may seem convenient at the time, it can damage your veneers by putting excessive force on them. Avoid using your teeth as tools, and reach for scissors or pliers instead. You should also refrain from chewing on hard objects such as ice, pens, pencils, and fingernails to protect your teeth.

Talk to Your Dentist About Cosmetic Dental Procedures 

Veneers are an excellent cosmetic dental option for anyone looking to enhance the appearance of their teeth. With proper care, you can expect your veneers to last for over a decade.

Visit Rockwood Dental in Downtown Calgary to learn more about investing in veneers, the benefits they provide, and how to properly care for them.

Written by Rockwood Dental

At Rockwood Dental, our goal is to help you achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Our team is committed to providing a personalized dental experience from beginning to end. To do this, we offer a range of dental services, including preventative dental care, restorative dental care, and cosmetic dental care.

Rockwood Dental is located at #102, 1032 17th ave., between 9th and 10th Street SW in Calgary.

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