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How Long Do Veneers Last?

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain, composite, or laminate that are attached to teeth to mask various imperfections, including stains, discoloration, chips, and cracks. 

To place porcelain pieces on the teeth, our specialists shave down at least 1 millimeter of your tooth enamel. With special types of veneers, such as Lumineers, there’s less tooth enamel removed. In some cases, no enamel is removed. 

If you’re interested in covering dental imperfections with veneers, read on. Below, we asked our experts at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, to explain how long veneers last and who’s a good candidate for them. 

Lumineers are a superior alternative to regular veneers 

With traditional veneers, dental specialists must shave off quite a bit of enamel to enable the veneers to remain flat on top of teeth and look natural. 

However, our staff uses Lumineers. These are thinner than traditional veneers, and as a consequence, they’re less invasive and less damaging to teeth. 

Regular veneers are about 1 millimeter thick, whereas Lumineers are 0.3 millimeters thick. Lumineers are semi-permanent and can be removed with minimal damage to the teeth. 

Traditional veneers, on the other hand, are permanent. Without the veneers in place to protect them, the shaved-down teeth are prone to cavities and decay. 

There’s only one downside to Lumineers: Because they’re thinner and more translucent than traditional veneers, you can’t use them to hide dark discolorations on your teeth.

The lifespan of Lumineers 

Lumineers have a lifespan of between eight and 10 years, but they can last up to 20 years if they’re well taken care of. 

You can extend the lifespan of your Lumineers by flossing daily, avoiding hard and sticky candy, and wearing a mouthguard at night if you tend to grind your teeth during sleep. 

Who is a good candidate for Lumineers?

Good candidates for Lumineers don’t suffer from gum disease and don’t have any untreated cavities on the teeth they wish to cover up with Lumineers. 

Patients who choose Lumineers enjoy the following benefits:

If you get your gum disease or cavities treated, you should be able to get Lumineers as well. However, the best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for Lumineers is to contact us and schedule an appointment

Our staff is more than happy to address your questions and explain what the procedure entails. 

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