Your smile might have a few flaws that you are quite unhappy with. Chipped, cracked, or stained teeth can make anyone feel self-conscious, and prompt them to seek treatment. In these cases, porcelain veneers are the perfect solution; they look very natural, are minimally invasive, and cover up minor dental imperfections with ease.
You might be wondering, however, how durable and long-lasting these restorations are. As with many things related to dentistry, the veneer’s lifespan depends much on the patient’s actions. Oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist are essential; when you take good care of your veneers, you can expect them to last for a decade or more before they need to be replaced.
Extending the Lifespan of Your Veneers
Veneers never last forever, but there are definitely some things you can do to extend their lifespan. Here are the most important guidelines.
1. Oral hygiene – As mentioned earlier, simply brushing your teeth and flossing regularly are the most important things you can do to extend your veneers’ lifespan – while preserving the rest of your teeth at the same time. Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for regular cleaning is also important.
2. Physical damage – Porcelain veneers are very durable, but anything that can damage the enamel should still be avoided. Do not bite any hard, non-food objects; habits like chewing on your pencil or using you’re the teeth to open a bottle cap are very destructive over time. You should also make sure to wear a mouthguard when playing any contact sport.
3. Bruxism – Tooth grinding and clenching deserve a special mention, as this behaviour can cause the veneer to break or fall off entirely. It is important to let your dentist know if you have or suspect that you have bruxism, so that they can treat the underlying cause and create a special bite guard for you.
Veneers can enhance the appearance of your teeth, correcting issues you have long been worried about and giving you the smile of your dreams. Our dentists can tell you more about the treatment, and how you can best take care of your new veneers. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.