So you’ve been thinking about getting veneers in Jacksonville and want to know how long they last.

Some articles say veneers typically last up to 15 years, while others claim they’re permanent.

That’s confusing, right? 

Well, technically, both types of articles are correct.

Check out this short blog post from the Dental Center of Jacksonville to finally learn how long veneers actually last.

The Veneer Procedure Is Permanent

When we say “veneers are permanent,” it means it’s an irreversible procedure. Getting veneers is a lifelong decision, and patients cannot go back to their natural teeth once they get them.

A veneer is a thin shell made from porcelain that is attached to the front of the natural tooth. Before you get veneers, a dentist will shave a small amount of tooth enamel to create a rough surface texture. 

This process allows the veneer to properly bond to the tooth, so once the shell is glued to it, you don’t have to worry about it falling off.

But tooth enamel doesn’t grow back, so any changes made to it are permanent. Though the amount of enamel shaved isn’t enough to affect the strength or overall function of your teeth, it’s still not recommended to leave them exposed.

The Veneer Shells Will Eventually Need Replacing

The physical veneer you get attached to the tooth is strong and will not prevent you from enjoying your favorite treats, but it will still need to be replaced sooner or later.

Patients can usually keep their original veneers for around 10–15 years with the right maintenance. After that, regular wear and tear may lead to visible damage or even the veneer falling off.

But this lifespan can be cut much short in the case of:

  • Oral health issues like cavities or gum disease
  • Consistent tooth-grinding
  • Trauma, such as direct blows to the mouth
  • Chewing on hard objects or eating hard foods frequently

How to Maintain Veneers 

Good oral hygiene habits and routine visits to the dentist are the best ways to care for your veneers and your natural teeth. 

You’ll need to brush and floss your teeth daily, even with veneers on, since they won’t protect your teeth from cavities or gum disease.

Other things you can consider to extend their lifespan include:

  • Wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth or play contact sports
  • Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables to boost saliva production
  • Using whitening toothpaste occasionally to remove stains
  • Cleaning the mouth after every meal with tap water
  • Drinking highly staining beverages like coffee or tea through a straw, etc.

Are Veneers Right for You?

Veneers are an excellent way to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Patel and Dr. Barbela can help you discover if you’re a good candidate for them through just a short consultation. 

Schedule a visit to the Dental Center of Jacksonville today!