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The Lifespan of Dental Veneers: How Long Do They Really Last

Explore veneer longevity: Discover different types of veneers, how they last up to 15 years, and transform your smile.

Dental veneers can last between 5-15 years depending on the materials you choose (porcelain or composite) and how you care for them. At Aspen Dental, your team can help you choose the right solution for your smile.

How long do different types of veneers last?

The life of your dental veneers can vary, but let’s start with the basics—just what is a dental veneer? Veneers are thin, custom-crafted shells, usually made of porcelain or composite resin, that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are a great solution for correcting teeth imperfections such as discoloration, chips, gaps and misalignment.

Porcelain Veneers



Natural-looking results

More expensive


Removes enamel

Highly durable

Increases tooth sensitivity

Minimally invasive

Can chip or crack

How long porcelain veneers last

Are you considering porcelain veneers? Great choice! Both beautiful and durable, they can last up to 15 years—but with proper oral hygiene and maintenance, they can enhance your smile for even longer.

Composite veneers



Most affordable

More likely to stain

Less invasive

Less durable

Easy in-office repairs

Less natural-looking

Applied in a single visit

Requires more maintenance

How long composite (resin) veneers last

Composite veneers (also called resin veneers) are a great choice if you are looking for a solution on a budget. The tradeoff? They typically last between 5-7 years—but can last up to 10 with proper care.

Learn the veneer process

Let’s take a look at the veneer process when working with your Aspen Dental dentist.


The first step is a thorough examination and discussion with your dentist about your goals and expectations. They’ll evaluate the condition of your teeth and oral health and see if veneers are right for you. 

Material selection

Based on your needs, budget and dental condition, your dentist will recommend the type of veneers that are best for your smile. Porcelain veneers are a more natural-looking, durable solution but require more tooth removal. Composite resin veneers are a bit more basic and can be placed in one visit.

Tooth prep

Before placing veneers, a small amount of your tooth’s enamel is usually removed to create space for the veneer. This depends on the type of veneers you’ve chosen.


For porcelain veneers, your Aspen Dental dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create custom-made veneers that fit precisely over them. 

Temporary veneers

If you choose porcelain veneers, you may be given temporary veneers to protect your teeth while your permanent ones are being crafted. 


Once your custom porcelain veneers are ready, your dentist will ensure they fit properly and then bond them to your teeth using dental cement. Adjustments will be made to achieve a perfect fit and appearance. 

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Tips for making your veneers last

What to get the maximum lifespan of your veneers? Here are some simple tips that will help them last, no matter which type you choose.

Increase the lifespan of your veneers

When properly cared for, you can get the maximum lifespan out of your veneers—up to 15 years for porcelain and up to 10 years for composite. Here’s how:

Practice good oral hygiene

Although veneers can’t get cavities, the teeth holding them still can. Regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups can significantly extend the life of your veneers. 

Stop grinding your teeth

If you have a habit of teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism) you might experience premature wear and tear on your veneers. Wearing a nightguard can protect your veneers and natural teeth from damage. 

Watch what you eat

Acidic and sugary foods can weaken your natural teeth that hold the veneers, potentially causing cavities around your veneers. Also avoid food and drinks that can stain your new smile.

Protect your teeth

Avoiding habits that can put excessive force on your veneers can extend their lifespan. These include using teeth as tools or biting on hard objects.

Put quality first

The craftsmanship and material used will determine how long your veneers last. At Aspen Dental, your team always crafts durable porcelain veneers and carefully bonds them to lengthen the life of your smile. 

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Find out how long veneers last with Aspen Dental

Speak with your Aspen Dental dentist to see if veneers are right for your smile. Learn about your options, veneer costs and any other important details of your care plan. 

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