If you’ve spent the money to get the pearly white smile that veneers can offer, you probably want that smile to last. Fortunately, when done correctly, veneers can keep looking great for decades. Many of our veneers patients have zero complications years after getting them.
However, it’s important to remember that, realistically speaking, veneers are not as long-lasting as dental implants. Paired with improper care, older veneers can crack, become scratched, or fall off. Although the porcelain material Dr. Bobbi Stanley uses for veneers is strong, it still isn’t real tooth enamel.
If that sounds a little depressing, don’t get too upset. Porcelain veneers come with a ton of pros that, for many patients, outweigh the cons. Although veneers wear down over time, you won’t ever have to worry about your beautifully white veneers staining. Porcelain is naturally non-porous, making it stain resistant. This is why it’s such a popular material in kitchens and bathrooms. With veneers, you can drink as much red wine, coffee, and tea as you like because they won’t have the same effect on your veneers as they do on natural tooth enamel.
The only place staining can occur with porcelain veneers is in the small space between the tooth enamel and the veneer. If your dentist makes this space noticeable, staining can become a problem. At Stanley Dentistry in Cary, NC, Dr. Bobbi Stanley pays special attention to making that seam as invisible as possible. This cuts down on the likelihood of seam staining.
Veneers have a life expectancy of ten to twenty years but some veneers patients can make them last even longer with good maintenance. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the Stanley Dentistry office twice a year will help keep your veneers looking new for many years to come.