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The Durability of Veneers

The Durability of Veneers

Veneers are a remarkably flexible solution for multiple dental issues. For example, you can get veneers to correct staining or chipped teeth, among many other problems. It’s a cosmetic procedure that delivers outstanding results. 

At Nobel Dental, our staff, led by Dr. Abraham Nobel, encourages patients who want to improve their smiles to consider veneers vastly. However, it’s essential to understand exactly what can impact how long your veneers last before you get them. 


A veneer is technically a fragile shell that is attached to your tooth. The veneer hides the problem and gives you the look you’ve always wanted. However, there are options regarding what the veneer is made of, and your choice determines your results to some degree. 


Porcelain is the most common material to make veneers. It provides a translucent look and reflects light, much like your natural teeth. Experts say porcelain is durable and can last ten years or more. Porcelain veneers may last as long as 20 years. 

Composite resin

Some people choose composite resin for their veneers. These are often lower-priced, and your teeth may need less preparation before the veneers are attached. The drawback is that they likely won’t last as long as porcelain. You can expect composite resin veneers to last around five years. 

Oral hygiene is key

Veneers don’t require special care. However, you can help extend their life by practicing excellent oral hygiene. We recommend: 

  • Brushing twice a day, for at least two minutes each time
  • Floss once a day
  • Schedule routine cleanings and checkups

Creating a daily routine and getting regular professional care keeps your teeth healthy and your veneers looking fantastic. 

Your teeth aren’t tools

Another thing you can do to help your veneers last is to remember that your teeth aren’t tools. Please don’t use them to open a package or break a thread.

You should also avoid chewing on things like erasers or pens. Don’t bite down on ice or hard candy. 

Even natural teeth are prone to damage when used like tools or you bite on challenging things. Veneers are even more susceptible to damage. 

Extend the life of your veneers by protecting your teeth. You may even want to invest in a mouthguard when your teeth are especially at risk, such as when you play sports. 

A lifetime of care

Veneers can improve your smile to a degree that may surprise you. But Dr. Nobel removes some of your natural enamel for them to look great.

Without a veneer or enamel, your teeth are vulnerable to problems like discoloration, sensitivity, and other issues. This means you must maintain your veneers for the rest of your life. If they break or deteriorate, you’ll need to replace them.

If you’d like to learn more about veneers and decide whether they might be the right solution, schedule an appointment at Nobel Dental today. ..

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