Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible parts of the tooth. There are two types of veneers, ceramic veneers that are produced by a dental laboratory and resin-based composite veneers.
With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.
Porcelain Veneers FAQ
Veneers are thin durable pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance.
In my experience, veneers will last 10 or more years without chipping or breaking. If they properly care for they can last much longer. It is possible for veneers to have issues sooner if the teeth are not maintained. Professional cleanings every 6 months and yearly exams are highly recommended.
Brushing 2X each day for 2 minutes, flossing daily, and wearing a bite guard at night is a great way to protect the veneers. Using an electric toothbrush i.e. Sonicare or Oral-B brush is preferred. Avoid eating very hard foods like almonds, or cracking shells with the front veneers.