Dental porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain material that is custom-made to adhere to the tooth surface. They can be used for both aesthetic and restorative purposes, and are often used to hide stained, chipped, and uneven teeth. Porcelain veneers are tooth-colored, versatile, fully customized and can last from 10 to 15 years. A little bit of the tooth is removed so that the veneer fits snugly and gives it a smooth, even look.
Placement is usually painless, but may require a few visits to get a precise fit that lasts a lifetime. Porcelain veneers offer a conservative and minimally invasive procedure that can save you money over time compared to joints that may break or have to be replaced eventually. When considering porcelain veneers, it is important to note that they are permanent and cannot be removed or chosen not to be worn. Additionally, people who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as this can cause them to crack or chip.
The length of veneers may vary depending on what materials the dentist used and how well the person cares for them. Porcelain veneers can be an excellent way to improve your smile and boost your confidence. They can hide discolored or malformed teeth, create an even, symmetrical smile, and protect the tooth surface from damage. To ensure that your veneers last as long as possible, it is important to avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and other things that can cause staining on the teeth.
With proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.