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How Long Do Veneers Last?

Smiling womanYour teeth are a major component in your smile. Beautiful teeth help to provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. Any imperfections in your teeth, no matter how small they are, can greatly impact the quality of your smile, and your confidence. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we can improve the appearance of your teeth, and your smile, with veneers. However, how long does this treatment last?

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a cosmetic treatment that is used to treat minor flaws in your teeth. They are thin, shell-like restorations that are made to be bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, effectively covering over the imperfections and transforming the appearance of your smile. They can be used to treat many different issues, including:
•  Small chips or cracks in your tooth enamel.
•  Slight overlapping.
•  Small gaps between your teeth.
•  Teeth that are misshapen or too small.
•  Discoloration that cannot be treated with whitening.

Veneer Materials

Veneers are typically made from one of two materials, composite or porcelain. Both of these materials are natural tooth colored, which enables them to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Composite veneers cost less, but porcelain is generally the preferred material.

Porcelain provides a more realistic appearance. Not only does the material match the color of your real teeth, but it also reflects light just like tooth enamel. Porcelain is also stain-resistant. Composite veneers are porous. Certain foods and beverages, as well as the chemicals in tobacco products, can discolor these veneers. Unlike your natural teeth, composite veneers cannot be whitened. If composite veneers stain, they need to be changed. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are incredibly stain-resistant.

What Factors Affect the Longevity of Veneers?

There are many factors that can impact the longevity of your veneers. These factors include:
•  The materials used. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite ones. Composite veneers are rated to last 5 to 7 years. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, can last 10 to 15 years or longer.
•  Alcohol consumption. The occasional alcoholic drink may not impact your veneers, but excessive alcohol consumption can. The alcohol can erode the bonding agent used to hold the veneers onto your teeth.
•  Oral habits. If you bite your fingernails, chew ice, or use your teeth to open packaging material, your veneers may chip or crack.
•  Oral hygiene habits. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities and gum disease. While cavities cannot affect your veneers, they can cause cavities around them. Decay can develop under your veneers, compromising them and your oral health. Gum disease can also cause gum recession, which can affect the aesthetics of your veneers.
•  Aggressive brushing habits. Brushing your teeth too hard can cause gum recession. This affects the appearance of your veneers and the quality of your smile.

Ensuring that Your Veneers Last

There are things you can do to ensure that your veneers last you for many years. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Have your mouth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year. Avoid using chewing on ice and other extremely hard items, as well as using your teeth as tools. You should also avoid habits like tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption.

With proper care, your veneers can keep your smile beautiful for many years. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, contact Dental Arts of Frederick today at 301-732-7277.


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