We use our teeth a lot during the day. We need them when we talk and eat. After a while, these structures begin to deteriorate. For these, dental procedures, which we call veneer or Lumineers, are performed. Of course, they also have a certain lifespan. But it is up to you to extend this period a little longer. The care you take and the food you eat affect their lifespan. What happens to veneers/Lumineers after 10-15 years of course they wear out. But it’s up to you to protect it.
Lumineers vs Veneers
- Veneers and Lumineers are very similar because they both perform the same functions and provide the same benefits. They only differ in terms of their procedures and long term effects.
- In some cases, patients are hesitant to get veneers because the original tooth must be shaved down and the enamel removed in order to fit them, leaving your tooth vulnerable if the veneer is not present to protect it.
- Lumineers, on the other hand, are painless and fit over your existing tooth without the need to shave it down.
- Lumineers, on the other hand, are bulkier and slightly more visible than veneers.
Do Coatings Have a Longer Life Than Lumineers?
They are not more durable than one another because they differ only in the process by which they are placed. Lumineers are expected to last as long as traditional coatings. With proper care, this is usually between 10-15 years. Do you want to know more about which option is best for you then you should read the rest of this article.
Warning Signs That Your Veneers Are Fading
A dental veneer has an average lifespan of about ten years. With prompt treatment, that timeline can be stretched to up to 20 years. If any of the mentioned events occur, your veneers may need to be replaced sooner than expected:
- Your dental veneers are chipped, cracked, or simply worn away. Veneers are made of porcelain, and while they are durable, they can wear out or break if handled roughly.
- Underneath, the tooth that holds the veneer is decayed. Although dental veneers are long-lasting, if the tooth underneath isn’t, the veneer may begin to separate from the tooth to which it is affixed.
- Veneers separate from your gums as a result of poor dental hygiene and gum disease. Veneers require the same (if not more) care as natural teeth. If you don’t take care of your teeth, your gums may begin to decay, resulting in a gap between your veneers and your gums.
- The veneers were installed incorrectly the first time. Veneers can be painful if the dentist who installs them does not first measure your mouth to ensure a proper fit. We take a custom mold of your mouth at Park Avenue Dental to ensure that your veneers are a perfect fit when we install them.
- The veneers were applied incorrectly. If the dental veneers are not properly installed, they may fall off, necessitating a return visit. Filing away a few little tooth structure from your tooth and applying the veneer with just a strong dental binder material is required for proper installation.
- Make sure you work with a cosmetic dentist you can rely on. Applying dental fake teeth correctly first time saves you time and cost, and ensures that you have a stunning looking cheeky grin the first time.
How to Extend the Life of Your Veneers
Despite your dentist’s best efforts, if you don’t take care of your teeth, your dental veneers will wear out. Here are some pointers to keep your dental veneers looking great for a longer period of time:
- Use your teeth as a tool, not as a weapon. If you use your teeth to open things or bite non-food items, you risk chipping or cracking your veneer.
- Tobacco products should be avoided. Tobacco stains your teeth and can discolor your new white veneers.
- Avoid foods (and beverages) that will stain your teeth. Pasta sauce, berries, various curries, soft drinks, wine, coffee, and tea all have the potential to stain your teeth. The key to keeping your smile bright is moderation. Visit the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and checkups. Going to the dentist for regular professional cleanings not only keeps your teeth in good shape, but it also allows the dentist to inspect your veneers and ensure that they are still in good condition.
- Floss once a day. Dental veneers will not excuse you from flossing your teeth. Flossing keeps your gums healthy and can help prevent gum disease, which can cause a gap between your gums and veneers.
- If you grind your teeth at night, wear a dental guard and a mouthguard when you play sports. Wearing a guard can help prevent the porcelain in your veneers from eroding and keep them in good condition for a longer period of time.
Hatice Şahin, a dentist, was born in Istanbul in 1996. In 2012, she attended English language classes in Canada. She received a certificate of honour from Istanbul Medipol University International School of Dentistry that same year.