How long do porcelain veneers last?

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Everyone wants to have a bright, beautiful smile. For many types of complications like cracked teeth, large gaps, discolored teeth, and chipped teeth porcelain veneers are a great solution that result in years with a magnificent smile. That is why it is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are affected by the way you take care of them and by aging. If you take good care of your porcelain veneers, they will last for between 7 and 20 years.

Some of the factors which affect the lifespan of veneers include:

  • Dental hygiene: it is crucial that you continue to practice good oral hygiene with porcelain veneers because they anchor to your natural teeth. If your natural teeth rot and decay, then your veneers will no longer have the anchor they depend on.
  • Grinding: if you grind your teeth at night, then you should wear a mouth guard when you sleep to protect your veneers and teeth from wearing away.
  • Twisting: porcelain, like other glasses, will shatter from the force created while twisted.
  • Aging and gum health: as you age, it is natural for your gum line to expose greater amounts of your teeth. As this happens, your veneers may not fit properly any longer so you may need to get them replaced.

Before they need to be replaced, sometimes veneers become loose and need to be rebonded. Veneers that cannot be rebonded will need to be replaced.

If you live near Indianapolis and would like to restore your smile with porcelain veneers, call Dr. John R. Phelps at 317-818-9858 to schedule an appointment.