If you’re thinking about getting veneers, you probably have plenty of questions. At Bucktown Wicker Park Dental, located in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Melissa Daza and Dr. Michelle Schwartz are always happy to answer your questions in the context of your oral health and smile goals. One of the most common questions we get about veneers is how long they last.
Veneers 101: the basics
Before we get into the longevity of veneers, we need to describe how they work. A veneer is a thin, tooth-shaped shell attached to your natural teeth. Veneers can hide problems like misshapen teeth, gaps, and stains, among other issues.
When you get veneers, we shape them and use a color that suits your mouth, so you end up with a natural-looking and beautiful smile. Regardless of the type of veneers you choose, they will look great.
Material makes a difference
There are two basic types of veneers: porcelain and composite. The two have significant differences.
Porcelain veneers are a popular choice for several reasons, including the fact that they tend to be the longer-lasting option. Porcelain veneers generally last as long as 10 years or longer, particularly if you practice excellent dental hygiene.
Porcelain reflects light very similarly to your natural teeth. For your veneers to fit properly, we remove a fraction of your natural enamel. Then, the custom-made veneer is attached to your tooth, hiding imperfections and giving you the look you desire.
The other option is composite veneers. This type of veneer is made of a resin that we apply in layers, carefully shaping each layer so that you end up with a custom smile. Once the layers are all applied, our team cures and polishes them.
With composite veneers, there’s no need to remove any of your enamel, and the process usually takes only one visit to complete. The drawback is that composite veneers aren’t as durable as porcelain ones. You can expect composite veneers to last between four and eight years.
Your unique mouth
Your situation is unique to you. Your overall oral health, goals, and many
other factors make a difference when it comes to making the decision whether to get veneers and the type of material. Dr. Daza and Dr. Schwartz are always happy to answer your questions and give you their professional opinion regarding your options. If you’d like to learn more about veneers and the choices you have available, schedule an appointment at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental.