October 29, 2018

Veneers are an effective solution for different types of dental problems, treating teeth that are chipped, broken, severely discolored, uneven, poorly spaced or poor bites. You’ll be able to fix all of these issues and more if you take advantage of dental veneers. Veneers are custom designed for each patient to fit your teeth, with each tooth being covered by a thin material that restores a natural look and gives you an amazing smile. This process provides patients with a newfound confidence and a smile that will receive compliments every single day! This is an excellent opportunity to create a beautiful and durable smile. Continue reading to learn about the durability and longevity of veneers, or contact our Germantown office today for a free consultation.

Porcelain Veneer Longevity Statistics

Numerous studies were conducted to evaluate the longevity of porcelain veneers, including the following by Layton in 2007[1], by Land in 2010[2] and by Beier[3] in 2012. Let’s take a quick look at what the research has to say.

The 1st study was conducted by Layton in 2007. The study brought together 100 patients with 304 porcelain veneers being evaluated. The study found that 96% of veneers lasted 5 years, 93% lasted 10-11 years, 91% lasted 12-13 years and 73% lasted 15-16 years.

Land conducted the 2nd study in 2010, with the main objective to analyze more than 50 dental research articles. Each article studied porcelain veneer longevity and failure rates. The study found that 5% failed in less than 5 years and about 10% failed in less than 10 years. This study echoes the first one by Layton, showing that veneers can have great longevity and durability.

The 3rd study was conducted by Beier in 2012 and brought together 84 patients. During the research 318 veneers were evaluated. The study found that 95% of them lasted 5 years, 94% lasted 10 years and 83% lasted 20 years.

Among the most common reasons for porcelain veneer failure, in all three studies, were fracture of the ceramic, as well as chips, cracks and laminate loss.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last on Teeth?

So, the big question is, how long do porcelain veneers last? Like any other product that you buy, you want to take care of your teeth. If you use your teeth as tools, or bite on an object that could crack your real tooth, you could risk damaging your veneers. That being said, if you avoid harsh objects and use them in a normal fashion, you can see that veneers have great longevity, and you will enjoy your new smile for years to come. It’s possible to increase the longevity significantly by sticking to a dental hygiene routine, which can keep your teeth looking phenomenal for over 30 years. On average, porcelain veneers last 10-15 years with proper dental care.

How to Prolong the Lifetime of Your Veneers

As it was mentioned above, proper dental care is incredibly important for a healthy lifespan of your new veneers. Your job is to take care of your new smile as you would take care of your natural teeth with regular care and maintenance, as well as normal hygiene visits. Below, we’ll provide you with tips for taking care of your mouth. If you follow these tips, you will extend the life of your smile.

Maintain good oral hygiene

It’s important to know that natural teeth and dental veneers have to be taken care of in the same way. There has been a lot of talk about the importance of brushing and flossing teeth regularly, and the same can be said for dental veneers. You should brush your teeth at least 2 times per day and floss at least once a day. Don’t forget that you should regularly visit the best dentist for veneers in Germantown, TN, either Dr. Cooley or Dr. Flexsenhar. It’s wise to have scheduled check-ups and cleanings as well. If a dentist finds out that something went wrong with your veneers, they can either repair or replace them. All of this will help you prolong the lifespan of your veneers.

Protect your veneers

You should do everything possible to protect your veneers, just as you would your natural teeth. Let’s assume that you play contact sports such as football, hockey or rugby; in this case, the risk of breakage and chips increases, so make sure you to wear an athletic mouth guard and protect your mouth.

Don’t grind your teeth

Grinding will result in damaging your porcelain veneers. When you grind your teeth, you place excessive pressure on your teeth. As a result, the porcelain may become damaged over time, so grinding is something that should be avoided. You could wear a nighttime mouth guard for protection if you know that you grind your teeth when sleep. Dr. Cooley or Dr. Flexsenhar will be able to address this issue at your regular hygiene check up.

Don’t use your teeth as tools

Last but not least, it’s not recommended to use teeth for opening any type of object, and remember to be careful with hard candies or even ice. Biting down on a very hard object can cause damage to your teeth and porcelain veneers over time.

What is the Cost of Veneers?

This is a question that we get asked very often: what is the cost of porcelain veneers? The cost of veneers differs significantly and largely depends on the material used and the experience of the dentist. Dental veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are lighter compared to resin veneers and look much nicer. If you are spending money on veneers, you want porcelain ones.

There are permanent and temporary teeth veneers (also known as temporaries). Temporary teeth veneers are much cheaper and they are used before permanent dental veneers are set in place. If you are interested in restoring your smile with porcelain veneers, then you must be prepared to pay at least $1,400-$2,000 per tooth. You can find cheaper options, but you definitely get what you pay for in terms of longevity and the aesthetic look. It’s best to not forget that the dentist is also an artist. Some veneers look better than others, and we have the best cosmetic dentist in Germantown, TN.

Our patients are always so proud of the work of art that Drs. Cooley and Flexsenhar create. We often get patients that come in to have their current veneers redone by the best veneer specialists.. The price can sound expensive for the highest quality veneers, but the confidence and life changing effect of having a brand new smile often brings our patients to tears. It’s pretty incredible to see, and then they have a new smile for years to come.

If you would like to learn more how to restore a smile with dental veneers, please contact us today at 901-754-3117, so that you can come visit the best cosmetic dentist in Germantown, TN! We have patients come from all over the southeast to visit Drs. Cooley and Flexsenhar. They have years of experience in repairing and replacing porcelain veneers. We are always looking forward to helping you with any of your dental needs!  

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17695870

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=land+2010+veneers

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22259802