How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to dazzle up your smile, giving you straight, white, pristine-looking teeth. You may wonder how long porcelain veneers last, which is a common question from patients. Our dental team serving the Memphis and Cordova, TN, area is here to give you some answers.
Learn how porcelain veneers can become compromised and what might cause them to fail prematurely. We’ll offer some aftercare tips to help maintain your veneers and help you avoid early replacement.
Average Lifespan of Veneers
The standard procedure for applying veneers is to remove a small portion of tooth enamel. This allows room for the veneer to take hold and fit in with the surrounding teeth. No-prep veneers skip this step and preserve tooth enamel, but they tend to not last as long.
Standard porcelain veneers can last 10 to 20 years, while prepless veneers generally last around five to seven years. The lifespan can vary based on a number of factors, which is why aftercare and good oral hygiene are so important
Trauma to the Mouth
Blunt force is the bane of veneers everywhere. A stray ball hitting your mouth or a blow to the face can break or detach them. Wear a mouthguard and head or face protection when playing sports or engaging in any potentially dangerous activities.
Avoid hard foods like hard candies and nuts, and use caution when eating fruits with pits. Sticky foods can also tug on veneers, prying them loose, so be careful with these as well.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Bruxism, or habitual teeth grinding, is another common cause of veneer damage. If you suffer from this condition, ask your dentist about a custom mouthguard at night to protect your veneers and your teeth.
Your porcelain veneers aren’t subject to tooth decay, but they depend on healthy teeth to stay attached. Cavities can lead to problems down the line with veneers, including root canal infections. If a root canal is needed on the tooth, the veneer will have to be removed and replaced with a crown.
Stay on top of your oral health and prolong the life of your porcelain veneers with our top tips below.
Oral Health Tips for Porcelain Veneers
Our dental practice strongly encourages a healthy oral hygiene routine. Follow this advice to prolong the life of your veneers and keep your entire mouth healthy:
- Brush your teeth twice a day. You can prevent tooth decay by using proper brushing technique for a full two minutes. Be sure to clean your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. For optimal results, brush your teeth after every meal.
- Floss daily. Like brushing your teeth, flossing is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Without healthy gums, your teeth have no support structure. Be sure to floss at least once a day, though you are encouraged to floss after every meal.
- Do not use metal dental cleaning tools. Over-the-counter dental tools can easily scratch porcelain veneers. Dentists are equipped with special tools to clean veneers and other cosmetic dental work. Leave it to the professionals for a proper cleaning.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can discolor your existing teeth and increase the risk of gum disease. Treating serious oral health issues may require veneer removal. Consider this yet another good reason to quit using all tobacco products.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you live in the Memphis area and are interested in porcelain veneers, the next step is to come in for a consultation. Give us a call at (901) 756-0078 or go online to schedule a consultation today.