Veneers can be a great way to beautify your smile and increase your confidence, especially if you have discolored teeth or a small chip here and there. But how long will they last? And what is the process of getting them installed and keeping them looking great?
Keep reading for all the information you need about veneers.
What Is the Process for Getting Veneers?
Veneers involve one of the least invasive and fastest procedures to beautify your smile. First, a dentist will take impressions of the teeth to create the veneers to suit your smile and match them to the color of your other teeth.
Once the veneers are fabricated, they will be secured to your teeth where they will stay until and if you decide to have them replaced. Veneers, like teeth, can become chipped or discolored over time, especially if they are not cared for properly.
Once veneers are installed, they are a lifelong fixture. Because a millimeter of enamel is removed from natural teeth in order to install the veneers, they will need to be replaced with new veneers if they are removed.
How Long Do Different Types of Veneers Last?
There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite.
Composite veneers are applied a layer at a time to the teeth, building them up to the level and look that is required. They are less expensive and can easily be repaired if chips or cracks occur.
Composite veneers may last up to eight years, but they may need to be replaced as soon as four years after application. They may also show wear and stains more readily than porcelain, and they look a little less natural.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells that are bonded to each tooth. They are more durable and resistant to stains, last up to 12 years, and look more natural than composite veneers. They cannot be repaired, however, and must be replaced if there are any problems. They are also more expensive than composite veneers.
Are Veneers the Best Option for Me?
Veneers are the best choice for people who want to cover up minor imperfections in their teeth and improve their smile. They may not be the best choice for people who have any issues that are beyond cosmetic, unhealthy gums or teeth, or excessive crowding.
In general, veneers can cover up gaps between teeth as well as discolorations and chips, cracks, fillings, and crooked or oddly shaped teeth. To discuss whether or not veneers are the best choice for your needs and, if so, whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers are recommended, contact Dison Family Dentistry today for a personal consultation. We can help you decide the best path forward to beautify your smile and care for your dental health along the way.