Veneers are thin shells that are permanently bonded to the surfaces of your teeth to improve their position, shape, and shade. They’ll also improve your smile’s overall aesthetics. Veneers may be made of composite resin or high-strength porcelain, and they offer a cosmetic solution for a variety of scenarios, including:
Spaces between your teeth
Broken, crooked, badly chipped, or worn teeth
Permanently stained or discoloured teeth
HOW LONG DO VENEERS LAST?
Veneers are very durable. The average lifespan of porcelain veneers ranges from 10 to 15 years, but if decay develops, they may not last that long. Ceramic veneers don’t break easily but they can chip or fracture with trauma, just like your real teeth. And just like natural tooth enamel, veneers will wear down if you grind your teeth.
Your health and wellbeing come first. That’s one of the most important things that guides all our cosmetic procedures. Our smile design and planning process works to conserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. And in this way, you get quality, lasting, natural-looking veneers that will reduce your sensitivity to hot and cold drinks. And best of all, you’ll experience fewer postoperative complications.
Porcelain (or ceramic) veneers are fabricated facings that bond to the front surface of your teeth. They are highly durable and resistant to staining and chipping. An excellent choice for moderate to major changes in tooth shape and texture, well-made porcelain veneers will closely resemble the look of your natural teeth. A technician will manufacture your porcelain veneer in a dental laboratory and then your dentist will fit it.
Composite resin (or ‘plastic’) veneers are a more affordable solution than porcelain veneers. Applied to your front teeth, they will make small to moderate changes in tooth shape. Composite resin veneers can be used for reshaping your teeth after orthodontic work, repairing small fractures, or closing the gaps between your teeth.
Composite veneers are simple to fit. They’ll be manufactured in-house without the need of a laboratory. Your dentist will use a plastic material to bond the veneer to your mouth, shaping and hardening it with light, with no real pain involved.
However, composite veneers are made from the same material as dental fillings so they won’t match your natural tooth colour very well. And they are prone to stains and discoloration, so you’ll need to consider the kind of smile you want to have. Caring for composite veneers requires impeccable hygiene habits, but they’ll still only last around five years.
Maintaining good dental hygiene with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits is even more important with veneers. While your veneers won’t decay, your underlying teeth can. And your teeth are especially vulnerable where they are exposed at the back and sides, and where they connect to the veneers themselves.