We live in a society where it’s common for us to compare ourselves to people on social media and TV. However, we often forget that many of those images are either edited or the person has had a little help getting their “perfect” look.
One industry where cosmetic work thrives in and out of celebrity-dom is dentistry. You don’t have to be a rising star to want to improve your smile. And since cosmetic dental work has become easily accessible and affordable, more people are opting to get their “flaws” fixed instead of hiding their smiles.
At Bay Star Dental, one of our most commonly requested dental corrections is a veneer. A veneer may be a tiny little piece of equipment, but it can make a monumental difference!
Veneers are used to correct everything from a gap in the front teeth to an uneven bite. Before someone makes an investment in a veneer, they usually have questions like, “How long do veneers last?”
This short guide will answer that and a few other important pieces of info you should know when you are considering veneers.
The Skinny on Veneers
When dental science comes together with the most innovative technology, the results are amazing products like veneers. They’re wafer-skinny little shells that bond to your tooth and correct most things we’d consider a cosmetic flaw.
By placing the nearly invisible shell on your tooth in just the right spot, your entire smile changes instantly.
This type of cosmetic dental procedure is the go-to fix for people who need correcting of:
- Teeth that are a little crooked or slightly chipped
- Damaged teeth from constant grinding (bruxism)
- A tooth or a few teeth that are stained and can’t be helped with a whitening treatment
- Uneven spaces, such as front teeth gaps
Veneers are also popular because they’re so simple compared to many other dental corrective treatments. Depending on the type of veneer you choose, you can have your smile fixed in one visit.
All you have to do is have an impression made of your natural teeth. Your dentist will then use that to create your veneers. If they’re stock on-hand, you may be able to have them placed that same visit. Otherwise, once your custom-made veneers are ready, that’s all you need!
How to Get the Most Out of Your Veneers
Making an investment in your oral health with veneers is something to consider carefully. There are a couple of choices you’ll likely have, and the decision you make will partly determine how long your veneers will last.
Most dental offices offer two main types of veneers: porcelain and composite resin. You can find temporary veneers, too, but those are more for a quick correction that doesn’t have to last long.
While both porcelain and composite resin will fix your flaws with a natural look, the material itself is the major difference.
People ask if veneers are permanent, and it can seem like they are if you take care of them. Both types of materials are long-lasting. You’ll see that there’s more to choosing a veneer than longevity, though.
Choosing Porcelain or Composite Resin Veneers
If you’re shopping for veneers based on price, you’ll gravitate toward composite resin ones. There’s nothing wrong with these. They look natural and can last five to ten years or longer.
They’re also frequently used because you can have your veneers bonded to your teeth in one visit.
Porcelain veneers take away most of this problem. They’re more expensive, but that’s because they tend to last longer than any other option. Porcelain is stain-resistant (note: not stain-proof). If you’re looking for an option you can have bonded to your teeth and then forget about, this is your solution.
How long porcelain veneers last will depend on you. In general, they can last from 10 - 20 years. Yet, if you take care of them, it could be a lifetime!
The drawback to these is that they take longer to create. They’re custom-made to each tooth. After they’re bonded to your enamel, you’ll love the finished look and it will have been worth the wait.
Getting the most out of the veneers means choosing the kind that will work for your needs. In addition to the material, though, you should learn how to care for your veneers.
Taking Care of Your New Veneers
Veneers are bonded to your enamel. That means that once they’re sealed and ready to go, you can treat them as you would the rest of your teeth.
The better you brush, floss, and visit the dentist for checkups, the longer your natural teeth and your veneers will last.
It is possible that either kind of material can loosen. Wear and tear, too many sticky or hard foods, or impact to the mouth can damage them. Unless this happens, though, your veneers should last for years.
“How long do veneers last on the front teeth” is another good question. These teeth are the most vulnerable to damage and are frequently used. As long as you’re caring for them with your strong oral hygiene habits and you aren’t in an accident with damage to the head, they should last as long as any other placement.
Keep in mind that veneers can stain. This happens more often if you use tobacco products or eat and drink dark or bright food and beverages regularly.
For the most part, after your veneers are bonded to your enamel, you can go about your day and enjoy your new smile!
Bay Star Dental is Here to Help
At Bay Star Dental, our goal is to give you the individual care you need to reach your oral health goals. From checkups to cosmetic fixes and beyond, our professional, friendly staff are available and excited to help you.
You don’t have to compare yourself to those social media images and groan. Instead, you can be the selfie smiling brightly into the camera with your picture-perfect teeth!