The Truth About Veneers: How Long Can You Expect Them to Last?

The truth about veneers

Though it’s hard to estimate how many patients get dental veneers each year, one thing is certain—this treatment is gaining popularity amongst patients who want to grow their confidence and achieve a celebrity smile. But despite the popularity, our patients ask us repeatedly how long they can expect their new veneers to last. The answer is 10 to 15 years or even longer. This may seem too good to be true, but thankfully, it isn’t.

How long will my veneers last?

If you have teeth that are slightly discolored, uneven, a bit crooked, or chipped, veneers are a great option. Many patients appreciate the versatility of this treatment because they can fix not only the issues with discolored teeth but other blemishes as well. But when you are seeking a smile makeover, you want to ensure that it will last.

The fact is that proper care and maintenance play a vital role in extending the lifespan of veneers. By maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, as well as avoiding habits like teeth grinding or biting on hard objects, you can help ensure the longevity and durability of your veneers.

Tips to Help Your Veneers Last 10 to 15 Years or More

When you invest in dental veneers to give you that celebrity smile, you want to ensure you do everything it takes to make them last as long as possible. By following these tips below, you too can expect a veneer lifespan of 15 years or more.

  • Practice good oral care at home. Brush twice daily, floss after meals, and rinse loose food particles away with a fluoridated mouthwash.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste. Not only is this good for your veneers, but it is good for your natural teeth too. If you aren’t sure of the best toothpaste to use, just ask. We’re happy to recommend an ADA-approved toothpaste for your veneers and natural teeth.
  • See your dentist every six months. No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing at home, your teeth will still experience some plaque build-up. And the only way to remove that plaque is with a professional dental cleaning.
  • Stop smoking. Although your veneers won’t stain if you smoke, it’s not true of the composite materials that attach your veneers to your teeth. So, to prevent composite staining, and to protect your health, take steps now to stop smoking.
  • Prevent bruxism. Tooth grinding, referred to as bruxism, can happen when we are stressed, sleeping, etc. And unfortunately, it can wear down the enamel on your teeth and weaken your veneers. If you grind your teeth at night or during the day, ask your dentist about a sleep appliance (nightguard) that can help protect your teeth.

Signs That Your Veneers Are Ready For Replacement

Though your veneers will last a long time with proper care and attention, at some point, they will require replacement. Here are some signs to look out for (don’t worry, your dentist in Newport Beach will be paying attention too):

  • Your gums are pulling back.
  • You’ve noticed chips or cracks in your veneers.
  • Your mouth feels uncomfortable.
  • Decay has developed underneath the veneers.
  • They are stained or discolored.

If you or Dr. Desai notice any of these issues, it is time to schedule a replacement. But rest assured, you don’t necessarily need to be the one to notice when it is time. By visiting your dentist regularly, we can be on the lookout on your behalf. And when you see Dr. Desai at Luminous Smiles in Newport Beach, you should know that you are in good hands.

Dr. Desai’s outstanding excellence, knowledge, skill, and accreditations set her apart as a leading expert in cosmetic dentistry. Being the only female American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry-accredited doctor in Newport Beach, she possesses a unique level of expertise and experience in recognizing signs that indicate you are ready for a new set of dental veneers. Her specialized training and keen eye for aesthetics allow her to assess your dental condition and provide personalized recommendations for achieving a beautiful, natural-looking smile with veneers.

Request a smile consultation today to see if veneers are right for you.

If you are wondering about dental veneers and want to experience Dr. Desai’s approach to concierge dentistry, now is the time to request a smile consultation. During your appointment, we’ll discuss your smile makeover goals and determine what’s best for you, dental bonding or veneers, and we will do it together.
Check out our smile gallery of veneers before and after. We’re confident that our approach to cosmetic dentistry is just what you need to achieve the smile you have always wanted.