Porcelain veneers may sound fragile, but they’re not. Porcelain veneers are made of an advanced ceramic composite material that is highly durable, especially when bonded to your natural teeth. How durable?

The durability of porcelain veneers has been studied extensively by many researchers. The length of studies range from 6 years to 11 years, and estimated survival rates go all the way out to 20 years. The studies do not completely agree, but all of them will likely give you comfort about the durability of porcelain veneers as a good long-term investment.

The lowest reported survival rate of porcelain veneers is from a study published in 2000. This study showed that 91% of porcelain veneers were in place and intact 10 years after placement. The most recent study, published in 2012, reported a survival rate of 94.4% at 5 years, and 93.5% at 10 years. Based on their figures, the researchers projected that 82.9% of porcelain veneers would likely still be in place at 20 years.

The studies also note that your mouth and your dentist play a significant role in the durability of your porcelain veneers. Proper placement of veneers significantly increases their survival rate, while bruxism and poor bite can significantly decrease the survival rate of your porcelain veneers. To get the best results from your porcelain veneers, you should work with an experience cosmetic dentist who is also trained in neuromuscular dentistry.

To learn more about porcelain veneers in the Pacific Palisades area, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry today for an appointment.