How long do you think will your veneer last? No, we’re not making a bet with you. We don’t want to know how long you think your veneers will last if you eat a bucket of gravel, or how long you think they will last if you drink a gallon of honey. In fact, if you’re doing either of those things, we probably need to talk soon. We want to know on average, how long do you think your veneers will last under normal conditions.
The answer is about ten years, give or take. And for the most part, that depends on you. At North Forest Family Dental Care, our dentist, Dr. Betzy Lara-Perdue can use dental veneers to fix a number of minor problems. For example, if you have a chipped tooth, or a stubborn stain that can’t be fixed with whitening, a veneer can help. Veneers can also correct problems with teeth that are too short, are oddly shaped, or have significant gaps between them. Veneers are very thin shells made of porcelain or resin that are placed on the fronts of your teeth. They are an effective for a variety of problems, and the dentist can craft them so that they blend in naturally with your smile. But the commitment has to be there to take care of them, because once the process of placing a veneer has started, there is no going back. To give you a veneer, the dentist has to remove some of the enamel from the tooth, which means the process is irreversible.
As we said before veneers will last around ten years. However they will not last your entire lifetime. And they can be stained. Unlike your natural teeth, whitening treatments and toothpastes will not work for veneers, you will need to go back to the dentist to have a stained veneer polished. Veneers are strong but not invulnerable. There may be some bad habits you will have to curb if you want them to go the distance. If you grind your teeth when you are under stress, or even while you sleep, you can quickly shorten the life of your veneer. If you chew on pens or pencils or bite your nails, you can crack a veneer. If you prefer to open a bag of potato chips with your teeth and not with a pair of scissors, don’t be surprised if you suddenly find your veneer at the bottom of the bag. You need to brush and floss your veneers after eating, since they protect the fronts of your teeth, but not the backs. And if you have untreated tooth decay, your veneers won’t do you much good. Although it does not happen often, from time to time, the dental cement holding your veneer in place will wear out. If that happens, save your veneer and bring it with you to your next appointment. The dentist may be able to cement it back in place, or can create a new one for you.
If you have a tooth that could use a tune-up and you would like to know more about dental veneers in The Woodlands, Texas, call 936-271-3338 today to plan your visit. We’ll have you smiling again in no time!