How Long Do Veneers Last?

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Veneers are like a coat that you wear on the front of your tooth to improve its appearance and beautify your smile. But, because they are just a cover for the surface of your teeth, one of the important factors to consider when choosing them is their life span.  How long can veneers last? Here's what you need to know to make the best decision. 

What You Should Know About Different Types Of Dental Veneers 

If you are considering veneers, Dr. Pham will firstly make sure that you understand what your options are. 

Here's what you need to know about the different types of veneers out there:

  • Composite Veneers - These are made from a resin-based composite. Composite veneers can last up to 5 years, or even longer if you take good care of them. Unlike porcelain veneers, they cost less (between $250 and $1,500 per tooth) but don’t last as long. 
  • Porcelain Veneers - Because porcelain is a thin and translucent material, giving them a very natural-looking result, porcelain is the most common material for dental veneers. They also have the longest lifespan and can last at least 10 years or even more.  They are made in a laboratory by an expert dental technician and can range in price from $925 to $2,500 per tooth.
  • No-Prep Veneers - These veneers do not require the removal of enamel before being applied to the tooth. They beautify your tooth and allow you to keep as much enamel as possible. Because of the non-invasive process, you don't need to spend as much time on the dentist's chair as you would with porcelain or composite veneers. According to some manufacturers of non-prep veneers, these can last up to 20 years if you take care of them, but the average minimum life is 10 years. Non-prep veneers can range in price from $800 to $2,000 per tooth.

Things That Can Affect the Longevity of Your Veneers  

Here's what you can do to take better care of your veneers. 

  • The Condition of Your Teeth Before Veneers Are Applied - This aspect plays a very important role in the lifespan of the veneers. If your teeth are in poor condition, then it can affect the longevity of your veneers. 
  • Teeth Grinding - This habit causes extra pressure on the veneers. If you know that you are prone to teeth grinding we may recommend an alternative treatment, or the use of a night guard to prevent damages to the veneers.
  • The Materials the Veneers Are Made of - Although porcelain and non-prep veneers cost more compared to composite ones, they also have a longer lifespan. Before making a decision, carefully consider all aspects. In general, the lifespan of veneers is between 5 and 10 years depending on the material you choose and the lifestyle you lead.

When you opt for veneers, it is best to carefully weigh all these factors, such as their lifespan, the material costs in the short and long term, and the look you want to achieve.

Regain Your Confidence At All Day Smile 

If you think veneers are good for you, we welcome you to All Day Smile, where Dr. Hang Pham is happy to guide you in choosing what is best for you and your oral health needs. Book your appointment now and transform your smile.

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