How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Dental veneers are covers put in the front surface of a tooth to improve the appearance of the individual and restore or strengthen teeth. It is a bit difficult to give the exact number of years the dental veneers will last. This is because it all depends on the care that is administered to them; all we can do is estimate. The veneers are not subjected to wear and tear, and with proper care should last a very long time. Dental veneers are known to be the longest lasting cosmetic dental treatments. They can last 20 years, or if well maintained, up to 30 years without being replaced. The rightful time given by doctors is about 10 to 15 years.  However, as it is seen, the longevity varies from patient to patient.  The veneer’s durable ceramic material contributes to its longevity.  It is not affected by the bacteria that may be present in a natural tooth. Although it may appear natural, and it is tightly bonded at the surface of the tooth, it does not take part in any blood flow process. The ceramic material plays another important role – it is stain resistant. It cannot be affected by plaques, which are primarily the cause of tooth discoloration.  This is because they are slippery and shiny and very easy to clean. Dentists advise veneers to be cleaned at least twice a day, and to be flossed daily. Regular brushing and flossing contribute to good oral health in general because in cleaning, we clean even the tongue and gums. When can one be forced to replace dental veneers? A patient can change the veneers when he/she wishes to have another color. They come in different colors. The veneers may need to be replaced if there is some wear and tear in the condition of the gum tissue, or in case the veneer edges start to decay. The replacement should be done as soon as possible to save natural teeth from decaying. Gum recession leads to the exposure of the veneer edges, and should be taken care of before the condition affects the entire gum. To make your veneers stay as long as possible, ensure that you visit the dentist regularly, avoid applying stress to your teeth, and continue to maintain good oral hygiene. When the veneers are removed, they must be replaced. If you live in the DFW area, and would like to know more about dental veneers, please contact Dr. Peter Hazim at (972) 727-5599.  We are located at 105 N. Alma Drive, Suite 100 in Allen, Texas.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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