How Long Do Veneers Last?

Oct 30, 2023
How Long Do Veneers Last?
A thin coating of tooth-like material, known as dental veneers, can help you choose the brightness of your smile and much, much more. Veneers also correct a wide range of smile flaws, too.

“Teeth capping” was a legendary step on the way to Hollywood stardom. That’s at least a popular impression from the golden age of cinema. 

In fact, dental veneers can provide just that, thin, custom-made surfaces that cover over less-than-brilliant-white natural teeth. Veneers can even out crooked or irregular teeth and strengthen cracks and other damage, as well. 

At Silverlake Smiles, as cosmetic dentistry specialists we know the power of veneers and their ability to transform a smile. Dr. Juliet Ebrahimian and her team are ready to help you achieve your ideal smile with this powerful and long-lasting treatment. 

How long do veneers last? Much depends on the material you choose and the care you give yourself. Let’s examine what veneers have to offer and how long they can last. 

The power of dental veneers

Like veneers used in furniture making, dental veneers are thin caps placed over the visible surface of a tooth. The materials used closely resemble natural tooth enamel that can be manufactured to match the appearance of adjacent teeth, or you can choose a set that provides teeth whiteness well beyond your natural shade. 

The brightness of your smile isn’t the only benefit of veneers, however. Because veneers offer a new surface cemented to the visible portion of the tooth, the thin shells have both aesthetic and functional characteristics. 

Chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth may still be healthy but in a weakened state. Without treatment, they could be vulnerable to further damage down the road. A veneer and its cement add a unifying surface that reinforces the tooth, providing strength and durability. 

A veneer can also change the shape of a tooth. It can lengthen short teeth, fill in gaps without orthodontics, and even alter the appearance of gummy smiles. When you need modest adjustments to fine-tune your smile, veneers may provide the answer with a single procedure. 

How long do veneers last? 

Veneers are generally made from porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin materials, depending on the application or desired outcome. Of these three, composite veneers have the shortest lifespan, typically around five years. Porcelain veneers, at the other end of the lifespan spectrum, can last up to 15 years. 

Other factors can alter the longevity of your veneers, including:

Oral hygiene

While veneers use manufactured materials, you must maintain a strong brushing and flossing routine as well as regular dental visits for maximum life.

Condition of your teeth

While veneers support damaged teeth, they may still have a reduced lifespan.

Hard foods

Eating candies and nuts and chewing on ice can place added strain on veneers.

Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Teeth grinding can take a toll on veneer-capped teeth.

Mouth protection

Sports guards may help to extend the life of veneers if you play contact sports.

With care and attention, your veneers can have a long and bright life. Contact us at Silverlake Smiles to learn more about your veneer options. Book an appointment by phone or online to schedule a consultation or treatment today.