Posted: January 30, 2013
It’s impossible to say how long your porcelain veneers will last. It depends on many factors, such as what type of veneers you have, personal bite characteristics, proper care, and, ultimately, chance.
The type of veneers you have will make a big difference on the longevity of your restorations. The standard for porcelain veneers today is a heat-pressed ceramic composite. This type of veneer has a good survival rate, about 94% at ten years and 84% at 20 years, according to studies. Other types of veneers may not last as long.
Your personal bite characteristics can also impact the longevity of your veneers. If you clench your teeth or have a bad bite, your veneers may be subjected to excessive force, leading to early failure.
Taking proper care of your veneers can extend their life, but poor care can cause them to fail early. Using abrasive cleaners can damage veneers, making them stain and become unattractive. Using your teeth as tools can also put excessive force on veneers and cause them to fail early.
Finally, random events can lead to early failure of veneers. No matter how well you take care of them, you may just have one or more veneers in that unlucky 6% that doesn’t survive to ten years.
During your consultation, we will talk about the factors that impact the lifetime of your porcelain veneers so you can make an informed decision about whether they are the right treatment for you. To schedule a consultation at our office in Calgary, Alberta, please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio.