How Long Do Veneers Last? Porcelain vs. Composite

Porcelain veneers typically last upwards of 10 years, while composite veneers tend to last between 5 and 7 years. Your veneers may last longer if taken care of correctly.
Porcelain veneers typically last upwards of 10 years, while composite veneers tend to last between 5 and 7 years. Your veneers may last longer if taken care of correctly.
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Edgbaston Smile
Published on
November 23, 2023

Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured porcelain designed to cover the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their overall appearance. They are bonded to the front of your teeth changing their shape, colour and length.

An important factor to consider is how long veneers typically last, as well as what can affect the lifespan of dental veneers.

How does the type of veneer impact their longevity?

It is important to discuss different types of veneers with your dentist. They will be able to run through multiple factors which could influence your decision and determine which treatment is right for you.

Porcelain Veneers

before and after photo of a veneers and teeth whitening patient

Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures, due to their dramatic affect on the appearance of the smile and their versatility in treating a wide variety of cosmetic issues such as cracks, discolouration, gaps, and chips.

Porcelain veneers are made specially in a lab, allowing them to perfectly fit your teeth. A thin layer of tooth enamel, around 0.5mm, is removed from the teeth so that the veneers sit flush with your other teeth. This is a small amount, but can cause issues if your natural teeth have already worn down. Veneers also have a border around the edge where they are bonded to your natural teeth which can cause issues with decay in the underlying tooth if bacteria get underneath.

Therefore, porcelain veneers are not often recommended to people with healthy, natural teeth, as they can cause unnecessary problems. Minor cosmetic issues may also be treated by less invasive options, such as composite bonding or invisalign for teeth alignment.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Typically, you can expect porcelain veneers to last at least 10 years, but regular upkeep is required to ensure they last as long as possible. Porcelain veneers can chip quite easily, often when a tooth is knocked by a mug or cracks when eating hard food. If you have porcelain veneers, you will be able to eat and drink as normal, but it is best to be conscious of the fact they are fragile.

Your dentist will give you the best tips to maintain your veneers. WIth proper care and maintenance, some porcelain veneers can last for up to 20 years. Some basic tips include:

  • Ensure good oral hygeine - regular brushing and flossing is just as important with veneers as for natural teeth to mimimise gum disease.
  • Minimise food and drink which could stain your natural teeth - these include sodas, red wine, tea and coffee. Smoking can also stain the teeth. Your porcelain veneers won't stain like your natural teeth so they may not continue to match the rest of your smile.
  • Protect your veneers with a gumshield if you play sport such as Rugby, Hockey or Football.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth - this can cause damage to your veneers

Porcelain veneers start from £1,150 per tooth.

Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are a quick and easy solution for many cosmetic dental problems. They are performed by your dentist using a resin-based composite material which matches the look and feel of your natural teeth. They can still have a dramatic effect to the overall appearance of your smile, but cost significantly less than porcelain veneers. It also takes less time to get composite veneers fitted as they are made by your dentist rather than an external lab.

How long do composite veneers last?

Composite veneers require similar maintenance to porcelain veneers, but do not usually last as long, typically between 5 and 7 years.

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Man with a chipped tooth

Veneers are typically a good solution for people with moderately damaged teeth. Benefits of dental veneers include instant, permanent results with only minimal or no tooth tissue removal, unlike crowns. Dental veneers are comfortable, easy to apply and ensure a perfect, dazzling smile for years to come. Minor cosmetic issues may be treated more cheaply and less invasively with solutions such as teeth whitening or composite bonding.

Similarly, for more seriously damaged teeth, dental crowns are probably a better option. However, veneers can fix a wide range of problems including:

  • Chipped and Damaged Teeth - Veneers can effectively cover up any chips or damage to your teeth. They will drastically improve the look of the smile.
  • Crooked Teeth - Veneers can reduce the size of gaps between the teeth and make them appear straighter. They're an extremely fast treatment for perfect, straight teeth.
  • Worn Down Teeth - Veneers can make worn down teeth appear brighter and fuller in the mouth, restoring your smile!
  • Gaps Between Teeth

Edgbaston Smile
Edgbaston Smile Clinic in Birmingham offers a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to refresh, restore and rejuvenate your smile. Our aim is to promote oral health and achieve great aesthetic and functional results.

Our ethos is to place our clients’ needs at the centre of everything that we do and provide the highest quality of service.
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