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Dentists! question about veneers, what is lifespan of them?

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Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Varies: Generally you can expect 10-20 years from veneers depending on your habits and how you take care of your teeth.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Can Vary: Lifespans can vary greatly... Different companies and labs use different types of porcelain. Some porcelains have different properties; more translucent, stronger, more polish. The method of application and the bite of the patient can greatly affect the lifespan of dental veneers. A night guard can be helpful in extending the lifespan of veneers.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Varies: The life span varies on your diet, habits like chewing ice and grinding you teeth, but the average life span is 5 years but they could last much longer.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Variable: Depends upon: 1. Condition of tooth / enamel veneer bonded to 2. Veneer material 3. Initial fit 4. Bonding agent 5. Maintenance 6. Load factors - your bite and what/how you chew. What demands are you putting on them ? 7. Regular wearing of a nightguard. Under average circumstances (?) we expect 10 years. Many much longer. I have some now at 16+ years.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
7-10 years: Depends on habits, diet, and position of teeth before the tooth surgery. Perhaps you would benefit from a permanent solution, putting your teeth where they belong rather than trying to disguise their malrelationships. As part of your pre-treatment investigations, get a qualified orthodontic evaluation. In the long run, ortho rx might be cheaper than restorative rx.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Wide range!: Easy to answer but tough to predict. You can break one the same day if you abuse them and crack something hard when you bite down or they could last 5 to 20 years if you have a skilled dentist, lab technician and use some simple precautions. Discuss with your own dentist who can also evaluate your specific dental situation.

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