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If you want to transform the appearance of your smile, dental veneers give the opportunity to do just that, relatively quickly. But when you are faced with the choice of porcelain vs composite resin, your next question is probably: just how long do veneers last? While neither material will last forever, you can make an informed choice by weighing up the pros and cons of each material.


What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells or covers that are placed over the front of your teeth. They are especially popular for the front teeth, or those that are visible when you smile. Dental veneers are used to change the appearance of the teeth and are considered one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry today. Some of the reasons patients request dental veneers for cosmetic dentistry include:

  • To change the appearance of discoloured teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening
  • To change the shape and size of teeth, usually teeth that are too small 
  • To make the teeth appear straighter


How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers do not last forever but you can extend their lifespan with good dental care. Porcelain veneers last between 10 and 20 years, with the average being around 12-15 years. Composite resin veneers have a shorter lifespan of between four and eight years. 

The lifespan of veneers is an important consideration because your dentist will need to remove some of your dental enamel every time you have them done. The longer they can last, the more natural dental enamel you can retain in your mouth and the fewer cosmetic dentistry treatments you will need in the future.


The Pros And Cons Of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers have revolutionised cosmetic dentistry and are manufactured to a very high standard and are highly sought after because they look the most natural. This comes down to the way they diffuse and refract light, and also due to the fact that your dental practitioner will be able to make a very close colour match to the other teeth in your mouth, which is very important if you aren’t having veneers for your full set of teeth. 

Porcelain veneers are sturdier and more resistant to chipping and fractures.

On the disadvantages, however, this standard doesn’t come cheap and you can expect to pay a higher price for porcelain veneers compared to composite resin.

Furthermore, in the event that you do damage your porcelain dental veneers, they probably won’t be able to be repaired and will need to be replaced.

The Pros And Cons Of Composite Resin Veneers

Composite resin veneers can be crafted in your dentist’s office and can usually be completed in just one appointment sitting because they do not need to be sent off to a laboratory to be manufactured. Furthermore, they do not need to have a smooch dental enamel removed in order to be accommodated, but this can also make them less comfortable to wear as they feel bulkier in your mouth. Composite resin veneers are more prone to chipping and damage but fortunately, they can be repaired in most cases.

As far as the disadvantages are concerned, composite resin does not look as natural as porcelain and it has a shorter lifespan. So while it may be a more affordable option in the short term, you will probably need to have these dental veneers repaired and replaced more frequently.


How To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Veneers?

Fortunately, there are measures you can take to make your veneers last longer and get the most from your cosmetic dentistry treatments. 


Practice Exemplary Dental Hygiene

There is no substitute for good dental hygiene so keep your teeth in the healthiest possible way by brushing and flossing twice a day. Visit your dentist twice a year so you can keep your plaque and tartar under control, and avoid dental decay.


Protect Your Veneers

Veneers are an investment so if you do play regular or contact sport, consider wearing a mouthguard.

If you grind your teeth in your sleep or clench your jaw, wear a mouthguard at night or consider some meditative practices to help you relax. Grinding and clenching will cause damage to your teeth and veneers and put pressure on your jaw.


Only Use Your Teeth For Chewing Food

Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or packets – they are there for chewing food and using them for anything else will cause damage.


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