Porcelain veneers improve the shape and appearance of your natural teeth by covering up imperfections. And although they are typically only about a half-millimeter thick, veneers actually accomplish a great deal when it comes to fixing your smile.
Most of the time, smile makeover patients choose porcelain veneers when they desire to cover up stains, chips, and gaps in their teeth.
So, are porcelain veneers permanent? Before you get them placed, here are a few things you might want to consider about the longevity of veneers:
How Long Porcelain Veneers Last
The average durability of porcelain veneers is about 10 years. However, just like natural teeth, porcelain veneers are still prone to damage. If a veneer breaks or comes off, and you are able to store the missing pieces carefully, you should come to the office right away for a potential repair or reattachment. If this is not possible, there are many alternatives, including but not limited to dental crown placement.
Fortunately, if a veneer does break off, most patients do not feel any discomfort.
Why Post-Placement Care Matters
One of the most important aspects of undergoing a veneer placement happens after your procedure. Although porcelain veneers are durable, you should still treat them with the same care as you would your natural teeth.
With proper care, you can prevent decay, protect your gums, and improve the longevity of your porcelain veneers:
Committed oral hygiene routine
Regular visits to the dentist
Also, you’ll want to break bad habits like chewing ice or biting your fingernails, and grinding your teeth. Excessive force may chip or crack porcelain veneers to the point of needing replacement.
Schedule Your Smile Makeover Consult Today
While porcelain veneers can completely enhance the smile, patients typically decide to undergo a smile makeover (a combination of two or more dental cosmetic procedures) for maximized results.
Smile makeovers are fully customized and based on the individual needs and objectives of each patient. In a consult, you will provide information, review samples of smiles, and express your goals. Dr. Patel will assess your facial features, and together you will create a smile plan that aligns with your goals.
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers and if a smile makeover is right for you, please contact or call our office in Marietta today for more information. We provide a complimentary smile makeover consult to determine the best procedure options for you.
Blog originally published September 19, 2016 — updated March 22, 2021.
Dr. Patel not only offers continually current state-of-the-art treatment options to all his patients here in Georgia, but he also stays connected to giving back and serving patients around the world with needs for dental care. He annually travels to foreign countries to provide dental services to children, elderly, and every age in-between in parts of the world where these services are not available to people that live there, through the highly respectable Flying Doctors of America program, of which Dr. Patel is a member of the board. Dr. Patel and his staff are consistently improving and implementing the newest technologies through the top seminars across the country. He is also a graduate of the Hornbrook Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum, which only about 5 percent of dentists worldwide have completed.