If you’re looking for a way to get the smile you’ve always wanted, then you likely came across veneers at some point in your research.
They are an extremely popular dental procedure that can address many different cosmetic concerns and almost instantly upgrade your smile. However, if you’ve also come across an estimated cost of this procedure, then this question probably quickly followed:
“Are veneers permanent?”
The short answer is yes, but there is a bit of nuance to the topic. Keep reading to find out how long veneers can actually last you!
How Veneers Work
Veneers are a very thin dental prosthetic that is bonded to the front layer of your natural teeth. This helps change or restore the appearance of your teeth instantly.
To allow the veneers to bond with your natural teeth, the dentist needs to shave a bit of the natural enamel to create a rough surface texture. While the amount required is only 0.5mm thick, since enamel does not grow back, it is an irreversible procedure.
However, you should know that getting veneers will not affect the health of your natural teeth. Since the enamel shaving is so small, there will be no increased sensitivity. If anything, your teeth will be stronger thanks to the veneers.
Veneers Need to Be Maintained
Veneers are a permanent procedure, but the prosthetic itself is not indestructible. People can enjoy their new look for as long as 20 years, maybe even more with the right care.
At some point, however, it’s possible for the veneers to wear down, in which case you will need a new one. Here are some tips for veneer maintenance to ensure yours last you a really long time:
- Brush your teeth at least two times a day;
- Reduce consumption of staining foods and beverages;
- Avoid eating very hard foods as much as possible;
- Never use your teeth as tools to open bags or pull things;
- Quit smoking ;
- Avoid clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth;
- See the dentist routinely;
It’s also important to understand that since veneers only cover the front part of your teeth, you still need to maintain good oral hygiene to ensure your natural teeth are protected. Veneers don’t protect you from cavities, infection, or gum disease. Good oral hygiene habits help both keep your natural teeth healthy, and your veneers looking great for years to come!
Want to Know If Veneers Are Right for You? Restore Health Dentistry Can Help!
If you want to improve your smile, Restore Health Dentistry is here to help! From veneers to crowns, dental bonding, or even just teeth whitening, our cosmetic dentistry procedures can allow you to get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Ready to get started? Then book a consultation with Dr. Nancy William online, or call us at (562) 936-0071 to find out more about us.