Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment for brightening, whitening and even straightening your smile – but how long do they last? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide so that you’ll have a better understanding of their life expectancy and maintenance.

If you’re considering investing in porcelain veneers, be sure to research your cosmetic dentist to ensure you’ll get the results you want. Poorly fitted dental veneers can affect longevity and may result in the need to replace your veneers sooner than expected.

Porcelain veneers can be a significant investment for most patients, so you’ll want to choose a dentist who is experienced and knowledgeable in this dental treatment.

About Dr Joe Oliver

Dr Joe Oliver has an impressive career spanning over thirty years and his expertise in the field is exemplary, having successfully fitted over 40,000 veneers for his patients.

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His previous patients include renowned celebrities such as Helena Bonham Carter and Sophie Ellis Bextor and you might recognise him from his appearances on Channel 4’s Ten Years Younger, as well as from features in popular publications like Vogue, Grazia and InStyle magazine.

For more information call 020 4579 1355 or email info@joeoliverdentist.co.uk.

Dental Veneers and Their Purpose

Porcelain veneers are a fantastic option for enhancing the appearance of your teeth. They consist of a thin shell made from a high-quality ceramic material that is carefully bonded to the front surface of the natural tooth.

Not only do they offer a natural-looking result, but they also effectively address concerns such as tooth colour, shape, size and alignment. They can effectively hide dental imperfections and our patients experience heightened confidence in their smiles.

Porcelain veneers are known for their remarkable durability in comparison to traditional fillings or a crown, ensuring a long-lasting solution over alternative treatments.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last? Factors That Influence Durability

With proper care, porcelain veneers can last for a considerable amount of time. On average, they can maintain their appearance and functionality for 15 to 20 years. There are cases where patients have reported that their porcelain veneers have lasted even longer than that, with some of Dr Joe Oliver’s patients experiencing successful results for 25 years or longer.

Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant, which means they are less likely to discolour over time compared to other options. This long-lasting quality ensures that you can enjoy your bright smile for many years without worrying about frequent discolouration.

There are several factors which may influence the life expectancy of a dental veneer:

  • Dental hygiene practices and oral care routine
  • Bite forces and teeth-grinding habits
  • Quality of the bonding process
  • Natural wear and tear over time

Tips For Making Sure Your Dental Veneers Last

You should care for your dental veneers as you would your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure your new smile lasts.

These are some of the tips we recommend to our porcelain veneer patients:

  • Maintain good hygiene habits for oral health
  • Avoid hard foods that can stain or damage the veneers’ surface such as red wine and coffee
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings
  • Use a mouthguard to protect against tooth grinding or teeth clenching

Will Veneers Compromise My Natural Teeth?

Dental veneers require minimal preparation for the underlying tooth but your dentist should make sure that the supporting tooth is strong and healthy enough for new veneers.

The process can typically be completed in a single visit to your dentist as part of a smile makeover but may take two appointments if necessary.

Some people fear that veneers can damage natural teeth, but this isn’t the case, especially if you choose treatment from an experienced dentist. Veneers act as a shield for your tooth enamel and can promote better oral hygiene practices since their surface is smooth and easy to clean.

What’s The Difference Between Porcelain Veneers And Composite Veneers?

Porcelain and composite resin veneers are both popular dental treatments that can yield similar results, but there are important distinctions to consider. The primary differences lie in the materials used, longevity, durability, cost and treatment time.

Porcelain veneers tend to last around twice as long as composite veneers. But the composite resin is a very versatile material that can correct everything from chipping to stains in just one session and is sometimes chosen as a more affordable option.

Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

Porcelain veneers are generally considered to be permanent. This is because for the veneers to fit properly, some preparation of the natural teeth is necessary. It’s worth noting that while they are considered permanent, occasional replacement or adjustments may be required over time due to normal wear and tear or other factors.

When Does A Porcelain Veneer Need To Be Replaced?

Veneers last on average around 15 – 20 years, but lifestyle factors could mean that your dental veneers need to be replaced earlier than this.

Some of the signs to look out for include:

  • Chipping, cracks or fractures in the dental veneers
  • Noticeable discolouration or staining that cannot be removed
  • Loose or detached veneers
  • Persistent discomfort or sensitivity

Old veneers can be replaced easily by an experienced dentist. It’s a good idea to keep attending regular check-ups to ensure your oral health is at its best.

Book A Consultation For Dental Veneers

Dr Joe Oliver offers porcelain and composite resin veneers from his dental practices in London and Manchester. You can book a free consultation online, or call us on 020 4579 1355 or email info@joeoliverdentist.co.uk.