How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
Dental veneers are stain-resistant porcelain shells the dentist bonds to a patient's teeth. They can cover stained, chipped, misshapen, or slightly misaligned teeth, providing a beautiful smile.
Porcelain dental veneers can last for as long as 15 years. If you care for your veneers properly, they will last longer.
The Process of Applying Veneers
Applying veneers is an easy dental procedure that typically takes only two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will determine whether veneers are right for you.
The dentist removes a thin layer of enamel to prepare your teeth for veneers. The dentist may take an impression or use a 3-D intraoral camera to plan your veneers. Porcelain veneers take a few weeks to come back from the dental laboratory.
During the second appointment, the dentist checks the veneers' fit. The dentist will carefully clean your teeth to prepare shells. Special cement fixes the veneers to the tooth surface. Frequently, a special light helps the cement harden.
After installing your veneers, you will be happy to show off your rejuvenated smile.
The Advantages of Dental Veneers
Veneers are not only long-lasting, but they also have several other distinct advantages:
Veneers are permanent once the dentist applies them to the teeth. They are durable and easily stand up to normal wear.
Veneers can solve more than one aesthetic issue at a time, covering stains, chips, and slightly crooked teeth. They can also help to hide slight gaps between teeth.
While teeth whitened with a standard bleaching solution need special care to avoid staining, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. You will have a lower likelihood of staining your veneers with beverages like coffee and tea.
White Spot Coverage
Another advantage of veneers is that they cover white spots on the enamel that dentists cannot remove with standard teeth whitening. If white spots are a problem, you may want to look into veneers instead of teeth whitening.
Veneers are incredibly efficient compared to the combined time it would take to receive crowns, teeth whitening, and orthodontic work. Veneers usually require only one or two dental visits to complete.
How to Care For Your Veneers
Caring for veneers is simple. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes. Floss once daily and use a fluoride mouth rinse. Limit excess sugar in your diet. Avoid chewing ice, pens, and other non-food items. Keep all scheduled dental appointments.
Call Schaus Dental Studio
Dental veneers last longer than many other types of restorations. They are a faster, more straightforward way to rejuvenate your smile.
If you are interested in veneers or other dental services, call our Golden Valley, MN office at 763-525-0306 for a consultation. We can help you understand your options and match you with the right treatments.