How Long Do Veneers Last and What to Do If One Breaks at Home?
Dental veneers are tooth-colored shells that cover the front surface of your teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections and restore a beautiful smile to your face. Dental veneers are a permanent procedure, designed to give you a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. With that said, even with the best care in the world, a set of veneers isn’t designed to last forever, and will eventually need replacing.
In this article, we’ll look at the average lifespan of dental veneers and what to do in the unlikely event that they get damaged or break at home.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin laminates made from porcelain that are attached to the front of your teeth. They have an excellent durability, and well-maintained can quite easily last between 10 to 15 years, possibly even longer.
This durability is one of the biggest advantages of porcelain veneers, Porcelain veneers are also extremely resistant to stains and less likely to break and chip than composite veneers. This makes porcelain veneers an extremely popular option, although they are more expensive than composite veneers.
Made from a synthetic mixture of resin (plastic) and glass, composite veneers are applied to the tooth one layer at a time. One of the biggest advantages of composite veneers is their affordability. On the other hand, composite veneers tend to be less durable and more prone to chipping than porcelain veneers. However, unlike porcelain veneers, if your composite veneers chip, you can usually get them fixed.
The average lifespan of composite veneers is anywhere from 4 to 8 years.
For more information on how to look after your veneers, see this article >> 7 Tips for Looking After Your Veneers
How Do I Know When to Replace My Veneers?
Your veneers look dark and stained
Your veneers are damaged
You see a gap between the gums and veneers
You feel uncomfortable wearing your veneers
You have decayed teeth
What if My Veneers Get Damaged or Fall Off?
Although dental veneers can last a very long time, they can sometimes fall off due to a number of reasons. The adhesive bonding used to attach veneers to your natural teeth can get weaker over the years, causing veneers to come loose and even fall off. Tooth decay, teeth grinding, or lack of proper dental hygiene are other reasons why veneers can get damaged.
If you experience one or several of your veneers falling off, follow the steps below:
- Step 1 – If a veneer falls off or breaks, do not try to put it back on yourself. Instead, collect the detached veneer (or pieces) and place it in a clean container. If the veneer is in one solid piece, your dentist may be able to put it back in place.
- Step 2 – Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.
- Step 3 – While waiting for your dentist appointment, be careful when eating hot or cold foods, as your exposed tooth may be extra sensitive.
- Step 4 – You can use a thin layer of dental wax on the surface of your tooth if necessary until you see your dentist. This may help ease tooth sensitivity.
- Step 5 – If the veneer is in good condition, your dentist may be able to clean and reattach it. However, any veneer that can’t be reattached must be replaced.