Dental veneers can give you a movie star smile. The tooth-coloured medical-grade ceramic shells cover the tooth’s front surface and mask cosmetic flaws, creating the appearance of straight, white teeth.
Since porcelain veneers are an irreversible cosmetic dental restoration, you’ll want some reassurance that they will look good and remain functional for many years. You may even be wondering how long do veneers last?
Reasons Your Dentist May Recommend Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to simultaneously mask several cosmetic flaws and enable you to achieve the smile you desire. Because dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment, they do not address underlying issues like gum disease and tooth decay. However, they can disguise stained, chipped, gapped, slightly crooked, and short or worn teeth.
You can place a porcelain veneer on a single tooth or as many teeth as you desire. However, dental veneers are placed on the social six to eight front teeth most often since those are the teeth people see when you smile. This creates an even, symmetrical smile.
How Are Dental Veneers Applied?
Your dentist shaves away a small amount of tooth enamel at your initial appointment so your dental veneers can fit over your natural teeth. Your dentist then creates an impression of your teeth. This mould is sent away to a lab so your custom porcelain veneers can be fabricated. You are fitted with temporary dental veneers until your follow-up appointment.
Your dentist checks the colour, shape, and fit before cementing your permanent porcelain veneers in place using dental cement and ultraviolet light.
If you are planning on whitening your smile, we suggest you get your teeth whitened first so that we can match your dental veneers to your smile.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
On average, a quality set of porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years. Their longevity typically depends on how well you care for them and your oral health. Once your dental veneers are fitted, your dentist provides you with a set of guidelines on how to clean them properly and which foods to avoid. Some specific instructions may include:
- Brush your porcelain veneers twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Floss at least once daily.
- If you grind your teeth wear a nightguard or dental splint.
- Always wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.
- Avoid using your teeth as a tool to open bottle caps, tear open packaging, or loosen knots.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or biting your fingernails.
- Limit pigmented foods and drinks to prevent staining.
Porcelain Veneers at Bright Dental Group
If you have misshapen, discoloured, gapped, or chipped teeth, give yourself the gift of a new smile. Our dental team can help you achieve the smile of your dreams at an affordable price. We offer flexible payment solutions because we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile.
If you think dental veneers are an excellent option for your smile and want to know how long do veneers last, contact us at (02) 4708 9691 to book your appointment, so we can answer all your cosmetic dentistry concerns and begin your journey to a great new smile and improved self-confidence.