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Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

July 15, 2021 3:56 pm | Published by

Want to know the secret behind many of those picture-perfect smiles in Hollywood? It’s veneers! This popular cosmetic dental treatment has the power to transform the color, shape, and spacing of teeth. During this procedure, we apply custom-made coverings to your teeth to change their appearance. These coverings are made from super-thin porcelain so they look and feel as natural as possible.

If you decide to get dental veneers, you’re probably wondering how long they’ll last so you can determine whether or not they’re a worthwhile investment. Here’s what you need to know:

The Lifespan of Veneers

In one sense, veneers are considered permanent because they are an irreversible procedure. When you get a veneer placed, it involves preparing your natural tooth by removing a minimal amount of enamel to make room for the covering.

While veneers are designed to last for many years, they unfortunately don’t last forever. Over time, normal wear and tear means you’ll eventually have to replace them. The good news is that might not happen until ten years down the road. It all depends on how well you care for them.

How to Make Veneers Last Longer

To lengthen the lifespan of your dental veneers, you should maintain a healthy dental routine of brushing and flossing regularly. You should also take care not to use your tooth as tools (like to open something for example) since that may risk breaking a veneer. If you grind your teeth at night, you should get a nightguard in order to protect your veneers from that additional stress and pressure.

At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we provide dental veneers as part of our suite of cosmetic services. If you’d like to know more about whether the treatment is right for you, you’re more than welcome to schedule a consultation at our Cedar Park dental office. We’ll be happy to look over your case, discuss your smile goals, and provide you with our professional recommendations, whether that be veneers or another dental treatment. Call or email us today!

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