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Longevity of Dental Veneers
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Image of a woman smiling looking up at the sky. At Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry we offer veneers to address a range of cosmetic dental concerns, giving you the smile you've always wanted. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure that can transform your smile, giving your teeth a fresh, brightened, and new appearance. These thin shells, crafted from porcelain or resin composite materials, are custom-made to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth, ensuring they all match in shape and size.

What Are Veneers Used For?

Veneers can be used to correct several different cosmetic dental issues. These can include:
•  Discoloration: Veneers effectively cover up discolored teeth. They are a chosen alternative over teeth whitening.

•  Stains: Veneers cover up stains caused by coffee, tea, red wine, berries, or tobacco.

•  Chipped or Broken Teeth: Veneers restore the shape and appearance of chipped or mildly fractured teeth.

•  Misaligned Teeth: For mildly misaligned teeth, veneers can provide a straighter appearance without the need for orthodontia.

•  Gaps Between Teeth: Veneers help close small gaps or spaces between teeth, creating a more uniform smile.

•  Uneven Tooth Size or Shape: Veneers make uneven teeth appear more uniform in size and shape.

•  Worn Down Teeth: Veneers can restore teeth that have been worn down due to clenching or grinding, returning them to their original size and shape.

•  Mild Crowding: In cases of mild tooth crowding, veneers create the appearance of straighter teeth without the need for braces.

Dental Veneers vs Dental Crowns

Veneers and crowns are both procedures that can be done within cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of your teeth. They do, however, have some differences.

Dental crowns are used to repair damaged teeth. The crown material is placed on top of the tooth, most often a molar, to protect and strengthen the tooth. Part of your tooth will need to be shaved down, in order to make room for the crown and allow you to retain the same bite function.

In contrast to dental crowns, which require greater shaping to be placed on the tooth, veneers only need minor shaping for the teeth they are going to be placed on. Veneers are placed on the front surfaces of the teeth, usually only the visible front teeth.The most important advantage of veneers is that they can be used to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns, including chipped teeth, fractured teeth, severe tooth discoloration, strangely shaped teeth, and gaps between teeth.

The Procedure for Dental Veneers

You will first have an initial office visit. During this consultation, we will explain the various types of veneers available and assist you in selecting the best option based on your dental needs and desired results. X-rays and impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to our lab, where your custom veneers will be made. While your veneers are being created, temporary veneers will be provided to maintain your smile's appearance.

The fabrication process typically takes about four weeks. Once your veneers are ready, you will return for the placement procedure. Our dentist will ensure that the veneers fit perfectly before firmly cementing them onto your teeth. Any excess cement will be removed, and necessary adjustments will be made for a comfortable fit.

Caring for Your Dental Veneers

After the placement of your veneers, it's important to care for them properly to increase their longevity. Avoid chewing or biting hard foods with your front teeth. Use your molars and premolars for chewing instead. Refrain from using your teeth to open packages. Practice good dental hygiene by maintaining regular brushing, flossing, and attending routine dental check-ups. If you participate in contact sports, wear a sports mouthguard to protect your teeth and veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth at night (bruxism), use a nightguard to safeguard your veneers.

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

The lifespan of dental veneers can vary depending on several factors, including the type of veneers, your oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, and overall oral health. Veneers are long-lasting, and on average can last up to 10 years before needing repair or replacement.

Material Used

The longevity of your veneers can differ based on the material they are made out of. The specific brand and quality of veneers can impact their longevity. High-quality veneers are often more durable and longer-lasting.
•  Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are known for their durability and can last from 10 to 15 years or longer with proper care.
•  Composite Resin Veneers: Composite veneers have a shorter lifespan, typically lasting five to seven years. They may require more frequent maintenance and touch-ups.
•  Lumineers: Lumineers, a brand of ultra-thin porcelain veneers, can last similarly to traditional porcelain veneers, with a lifespan of 10 to 15 years or more.

Miscellaneous Factors

The longevity of dental veneers can be influenced by several factors. Here are key factors that can affect how long your dental veneers last:
•  Trauma or Accidents: Protect your veneers from accidental trauma by wearing a mouthguard during sports or physical activities.
•  Regular Check-ups: Routine dental check-ups allow us to monitor the condition of your veneers and address any issues promptly.
•  Dental Care: Proper care and maintenance of your veneers are essential. Avoiding habits that can damage them and following the dentist's recommendations for care can help ensure they last as long as possible.

Over time, veneers may need to be replaced due to wear and tear or changes in your oral health. We will assess the condition of your veneers during routine visits and recommend replacement when necessary.

Veneers with Dr. Joseph Bartholomew

To determine the best type of veneers for your needs and receive personalized guidance on care and maintenance, consult with our dental team at Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry. Contact us today at (336) 283-2593 to schedule your dental veneer appointment. Achieve the smile you've always dreamed of with our expert dental care and veneer solutions.

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