Veneers are a significant investment in the future of your smile. These thin, shell-like dental devices are custom made to cover each of your teeth – correcting their shape, size, texture, color and projection. For those patients willing to make this investment, the dramatic results are well worth the cost. After receiving porcelain veneers you will appear to have a completely different and brand new smile.
Due to the expense involved, one of the most common questions we are asked before treatment is, “How long do veneers last?” Porcelain veneers are effective and long-lasting treatment. However, porcelain veneers are not permanent.
When properly constructed, adhered and maintained – your porcelain veneers should last between 10-15 years. Some patients report results that last as long as 20 years. Just like your natural tooth enamel – the beauty of your veneers are heavily dependent on your at home oral care and habits.
It is important to do the following to maintain the life of your porcelain veneers:
- Visit your dentist twice a year for preventative care and maintenance.
- Brush and floss your teeth after each meal.
- Limit acidic beverages and even those that stain such as coffee, cola and tea.
- Do not use tobacco.
If your veneers need to be replaced due to damage, staining or age they can be easily replaced. Your veneers can be individually replaced or as an entire set. If you have received porcelain veneers and are concerned that it is time to replace one or many of them – contact Lerner & Lemongello for a consultation today.