How Long Do Veneers Last?

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental procedure designed to improve the appearance of the teeth. Veneers are thin shells that are usually placed on the front upper 6 to 8 teeth that are the most visible when you are smiling. There are two types of dental veneers: composite resin and porcelain.

Research has shown that composite resin veneers usually last about 5 to 7 years and may last up to 10 with proper care and maintenance.

 On the other hand, porcelain veneers usually last an average of 10 to 15 years and may last up to 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

Composite Resin vs. Porcelain Veneers

There are two types of dental veneers: composite resin and porcelain. Here’s what you need to know about each of them:

Composite Resin

Composite resin veneers are a popular option because they are more budget-friendly than porcelain. They are made from the same composite resin as tooth-colored dental fillings.

According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, the average cost of composite resin ranges from around $250 to $1,500 per tooth. Unfortunately, they only last about 5 to 7 years- but may last up to 10 years with proper care and maintenance.

Patients have two options for composite veneers: direct or indirect. 

Direct veneers involve the composite material being directly applied to the teeth, while indirect veneers require the veneers to be fabricated outside of the mouth.


Porcelain veneers are popular because they look more like natural teeth than composite resin.  Plus, they typically last an average of 10 to 15 years, but may last up to 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

The biggest disadvantage of porcelain veneers is the cost, with an average of $925 to $2,500 per tooth. Porcelain veneers must be fabricated in a dental lab.  

When and Why Do Veneers Need To Be Replaced?

Dental veneers are an irreversible procedure, which means that once they reach the end of their life expectancy, you’ll need to consider replacement. In some cases, you may need to replace them earlier than that. The signs that you need to replace your veneers early include:

  • Chips/cracks
  • Excessive wear/tear
  • Tooth under the veneer is decayed
  • Veneer is separated from the gum due to improper oral hygiene habits or gum disease
  • Dentist did not apply the appropriate size veneer
  • Dentist did not properly apply veneers

Factors Impacting Dental Veneer Life Expectancy

There are several factors that can impact the life expectancy of your veneers, including:

  • Type of veneers: composite resin veneers last up to 10 years with proper care and maintenance while porcelain can last up to 20 years
  • Quality of veneers: as with anything else, there are different brands of veneers available, some are higher quality than others
  • Lifestyle habits: habits such as smoking or using other tobacco products, using teeth as tools, improper oral hygiene habits, crunching ice, chewing on non-food items, and other habits can shorten the lifespan of your veneers
  • Care and maintenance: if you do not take proper care of your veneers- this includes brushing twice daily and flossing at least once- you can shorten the life expectancy of your veneers

Tips for Making Dental Veneers Last Longer

There are a few things you can do to increase the lifespan of your dental veneers including:

Practicing proper oral hygiene

Proper oral hygiene habits will not only protect your natural teeth, but they can also improve the life expectancy of your restorations. Brushing and flossing will prevent bacteria and plaque buildup, which can prevent complications with your veneers.

Use a Mouthguard

If you play contact sports, ask your dentist about getting a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your natural teeth and your restorations. If you are prone to bruxism, you should discuss getting a night guard to protect your teeth.

Avoid Using Your Teeth as Tools

When opening packages, use a pair of scissors or a knife instead of your teeth. If you need to trim your fingernails, use clippers instead of biting them. When you use your teeth as tools, you put unnecessary pressure on them, which can cause damage to your veneers.

Avoid Grinding your Teeth

If you clench/grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about getting a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. If you find that you are clenching/grinding your teeth during the day, find ways to relax and reduce your stress levels.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Veneers

If you have questions or concerns about your veneers, your dentist can resolve them for you. Below are some of the most common questions that are asked about veneers.

Veneers only cover the front of the treated tooth. Therefore, the natural tooth is still susceptible to tooth decay if not properly cared for.

Dental veneers are placed on the front portion of the tooth, usually the upper front 6 to 8 teeth. Since they only cover the front side of the tooth, it is possible to get cavities if you do not practice proper oral hygiene.

Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution designed to restore the appearance of your natural teeth. This procedure does not restore functionality. Therefore, dental veneers will not fix rotten teeth. The best option for rotten teeth is usually extraction and replacement.

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