Do Different Porcelain Veneers Last Longer Than Others?
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There are three basic options for people who are considering porcelain veneers. The two most common options are porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers. The third is a thinner porcelain veneer available only as Lumineers®. Each has important differences that affect their longevity.
Porcelain veneers are now a common cosmetic dentistry treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Veneers are small “shells” shaped to fit the surface of your teeth. They are permanently bonded to your teeth to serve any of several purposes:
• Crooked or uneven teeth
• Chipped teeth
• Severe discolorations
• Tiny teeth that you wish were larger
• Small holes in your teeth
• Gaps between your teeth
• Teeth that are too close together
Porcelain has many common characteristics with glass, though it is not as fragile. Porcelain veneers are the strongest of the three types. When cared for properly, they can last ten to fifteen years and, often, longer. These are thicker than the alternative veneers, and are permanently bonded to your teeth. Because of the procedure used to apply them to your teeth, they will have to be replaced if they become chipped or cracked. There is no option to just have them removed.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin is another common material used for dental veneers. The procedure for applying composite resin veneers involves merely scratching or “roughing” the surface of each tooth, leaving the natural enamel otherwise unchanged. Composite resin is not as durable as porcelain and has a much shorter life expectancy–about six years. The upside is that these veneers can be repaired and may not need to be replaced if they are damaged. Another advantage is that if you don’t like your veneers, you can have them removed and return to your natural teeth.
Lumineers® are also made of porcelain, but are much thinner than standard porcelain veneers. Lumineers® have a lifespan comparable to standard veneers. Because they are placed using a “no drilling” technique similar to composite resin veneers, they are removable. They are, however, more fragile than porcelain veneers and they have a limited color choice. They can’t be repaired and must be replaced if chipped or cracked.
Common Risks to the Longevity of Veneers
Grinding your teeth, nail biting, or using your teeth as a tool are common habits that could put any type of dental veneers at risk. Your cosmetic dentists should evaluate your lifestyle during your consultation to determine which type is best for you. If you’re in the habit of opening things with your teeth or biting your nails, will you be able to break the habit?
While teeth-grinding is likely to damage dental veneers, the good news is that a well-qualified cosmetic dentist can treat that, as well. Because veneers can be used for so many corrections, they may be a perfect alternative to other cosmetic procedures, such as orthodontics to close a gap between teeth.
For a no-obligation consultation about how veneers can improve you smile, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville online or call (908) 221-1188 for service in the Morristown, New Jersey area today.