How Long Do Veneers Last?

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Are you interested in finding a dentist to set up an appointment for veneers?

Are you wondering what to do if you have a chipped tooth and need to find a dentist right away?

Composite veneers and porcelain veneers are common options for patients looking to restore their smile after an accident. But how long do veneers last?

The answer depends. There are different types of veneers for patients depending on their goals and preferences.

In this article, we will walk you through everything you need to know about dental veneers and how long they last.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are one of the more common options for restoring a set of teeth in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers look like shells that are placed over the top of your teeth to restore anatomy. They can mirror the exact size and shape of your teeth and help you smile beautifully again.

Patients often need veneers when their teeth are worn down, or after a chip from an accident. If your tooth is broken, your dentist can provide you with the option of placing veneers on the front side of your teeth so that no one will ever know.

Many patients also choose veneers because their teeth are misaligned or uneven. If you feel that your teeth have irregular spaces between them, veneers can be a good option.

What Are The Different Types Of Veneers?

While there are various types of veneers available, there are two types that are most commonly used. These are composite resin and porcelain veneers.

In general, porcelain is a preferred material because it is stronger and ceramic-based. Most patients say that porcelain is more natural-looking to their teeth. It can better match the exact colour shade of the average person’s teeth.

Composite resin is also a good option, however. It can be used to help provide a strong restoration that will not fall off anytime soon. It is also commonly used as an economical treatment for dental fillings.

How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?

In general, the average cost for a porcelain veneer on one tooth is about $1300. There is a wide range in prices due to the quality, method of fabrication, artistry and aesthetic results achievable.  Some are mass produced  and not individually designed and not custom made to match the natural teeth (cheaper options ) and others are handcrafted and custom designed to suit the individual ( more costly options )  In Australia, if you are looking for a composite resin veneer, you can expect to pay about $500 per tooth.

There is significant variation between dental practices in Australia so you want to make sure you are comfortable with your provider.

Certain health funds or insurance may be able to support you in the cost of your treatment.

At the end of the day, you will have to discuss with your dentist what the best option is for you based on your budget goals. You may choose to replace one or more teeth up front, or you can choose a stepwise process that allows you to pay for each procedure individually.

Most dentists are able to work directly with you to create an affordable solution that helps to restore your smile and leave you feeling naturally beautiful again.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

The big question many patients have is how long their veneers will last after the procedure is completed.

Before answering this question, it’s important to remember that typically veneer procedures are not reversible. This means that once the tooth enamel has been shaped down to allow for placement of the veneer, this process can’t be undone. When you make the commitment to choose veneers for your teeth, this will be a lifelong decision.

This involves regular replacement over time to help protect the remaining tooth from damage after the enamel is shaved off.

Veneers made of composite resin will typically last approximately five to seven years. At this point, they will need to be replaced in the dentist’s office with another procedure.

Similarly, porcelain veneers last longer. This is partly built into the cost. You can expect your porcelain veneers to last you 10 years or more.

When you go to your dentist for your annual appointment, they can provide information about the status of your veneers and suggest when you will need to come back in for a replacement.

Dental Veneers At Dr. Vicky’s Smile Design Studio

Smile Design Studio exists to help patients who have broken or damaged teeth have the hope of restoring their beautiful smile again.

Our lead dentist, Dr. Vicky Ho, is highly trained in cosmetic dentistry and is passionate about helping patients achieve their desired smiles.

She is a leading expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry and specializes in dental aesthetics and reconstructive and implant dentistry.

At Smile Design Studio, we specialize in dental veneers for smile enhancements and repair of teeth.

You may feel that your smile is less than ideal due to the alignment of your teeth, discolouration, or size. If you want to increase the size or shape of your teeth, dental veneers can be a good way to enhance your smile.

We also provide dental veneers in a more urgent setting after an accident, when your teeth are worn down or chipped and broken. This can also occur over a longer term due to poor dental health, and we will work with you to help restore your teeth and get you back on track.

Choosing Dental Veneers

So, how long do veneers last? The short answer is that most veneers will last between 5 to 20 years. Again there is a great variation in longevity depending on the quality of the material, the experience of the practitioner and the bonding procedures used. 

Composite resin veneers will last five to seven years.  They tend to discolour and chip or roughen much quicker than the porcelain. Porcelain veneers will cost more upfront but can last over a decade.

If you’re interested in a dental veneer procedure to enhance your smile, please contact us today. Our compassionate providers would love to speak with you and set up a consultation to get you the results you desire.