Do dental veneers last a lifetime?

Many patients who wish to undergo cosmetic dental treatments ask about its duration. If we stay here, we can say that it is normal, since we all want to know the return that a significant investment of money will have.

Now, in many cases, what is safe, resistant, durable and for many years can be confused with something totally unbreakable and “for life”.

How long do dental veneers last?

Well, answering openly, between 1 minute and 30 years or more.

The one that let’s say a minute of life tries to illustrate the fact that no matter how high a dental veneer has, if you use it badly, it breaks, just like your own tooth would. We cannot expect a porcelain veneer to withstand what your tooth has not , just as we will not expect any prosthesis to withstand more than our bodies would (for example, a hip prosthesis).

In general, a highly aesthetic and quality porcelain veneer (feldspathic, lithium disilicate, etc.), well placed, with quality materials and well cared for (professional hygienic maintenance on an annual basis), can last more than twenty years , although there are cases of longer durations.

So what does the length of veneers last depend on?

We can make two groups of factors that will determine the durability of the veneers depending on the person or persons responsible:AND

Dentist / prosthetist

  • Material quality of the veneer itself
  • Correct adhesion of the veneer by the dentist
  • Quality of the cement used for adhesion



  • Use of the veneer by the patient (do not bite food and / or hard objects, etc.)
  • Carry out proper daily hygiene
  • Perform annual professional hygienic maintenance in the clinic

Yes, but how long do veneers usually last?

If, despite having read the above, you still want to know how long veneers last , we will tell you that normally 10 to 15 years . Now, we insist that the duration will depend mainly on the use you make of them and your chewing habits.

Thus, people who maintain impeccable habits will surely keep the veneers in their mouth for more than 20 years , while the most neglected people will last just a few weeks, since they believe that veneers can break nuts, open pistachios or be continuously biting her nails.

Nor are veneers safe from traumatic fractures , for example, after a fall or a blow that causes a strong occlusion. After all, veneers are porcelain and not steel , so, like your teeth, they cannot work miracles.

What veneers are the most resistant?

We can say that dental materials are divided into two large groups:AND

Resins: organic materials derived from petroleumAND

Ceramics: inert materials with mineral origin, differentiated in turn into zirconium ceramics, aluminous ceramics and feldspathic ceramics.

Well, while resins are often used for temporary restorations and posterior tooth treatments that require absorption, they will hardly be used for dental veneers. However, composite veneers can be made , less aesthetic than ceramic veneers , more alterable over time (it deteriorates more easily), but much more flexible than ceramics, which makes it a material with fewer fractures than the most aesthetic (and most fragile) ceramics.

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