The simple answer here is, “Yes.” Porcelain veneers last about twice as long as composite resin veneers. Lumineers®, a very thin porcelain veneer can last as long as porcelain, but because it is thinner, may damage more easily. When applied by a qualified cosmetic dentist and by following a routine of caring for them, you can extend the life or your veneers beyond the average. Choosing a cosmetic dentist is the first step to ensure your veneers last as long as possible.
How long your veneers last depends largely upon how you maintain them. So, it isn’t just your dentist’s skill and training, product quality, or composition of the materials that determine their longevity. Once applied, the control shifts to you.
The same activities and events that damage natural teeth can damage veneers. Hard, sudden impact is the usual offender. Nail biting is a common “impact” causing upper and lower teeth to snap sharply against one another. Some people insist on opening things with their teeth. And the ever-present risk of accidents can damage veneers just as they could natural teeth.
While veneers won’t last a lifetime they are resistant to decay and discoloration for their lifespan. Porcelain veneers can last more than 15 years, and composite resin about half that time. Unlike porcelain veneers that need to be replaced when damaged, composite resin veneers can be repaired. Lumineers® are thinner porcelain veneers. Their lifespan is estimated to be similar to standard porcelain veneers, but being thinner, they are more fragile.
If you’d like to find out more about how veneers can improve your appearance, or correct misaligned teeth, please contact the Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, in the Newark New Jersey area for a complimentary consultation.