Patients often ask: How long do veneers last? Dr. Bruce Wilderman explains that the answer depends on several factors unique to the patient. Teeth grinding, a propensity for tooth decay, and periodontal health will affect how long you can expect your veneers to enhance your smile.
Dr. Wilderman: One of the most common questions that I get asked is, "How long is this treatment going to last?" Everyone has different risk factors. For someone who clenches or grinds their teeth, they have a risk of breaking porcelain. Natural teeth wear when it's under stress. But porcelain, once you exceed its limit, it breaks or it debonds from the tooth, it will just come off. For other people, if they have a high risk of decay, they have a risk that they're going to get decay around their new dentistry just like any other tooth. And for some people, we just have a risk of an aesthetic failure. If they have a gummy smile, if their gum recedes, they're going to see the seam between their porcelain veneer and their natural tooth. There really isn't anything that I can make that's as good as what you were born with. So depending upon their risk factor is going to determine how long their new dentistry is going to last. Female: If you want or have been considering a masterpiece smile for yourself, contact our office today.