Veneers are an excellent minimally-invasive option for achieving a beautiful, confident smile. They are created with a porcelain-based material that is bound to the top of your teeth, covering up identified dental inconsistencies, such as stains, gaps, and chipped or cracked teeth. Many people opt for veneers because they are durable, comfortable, and natural looking. Their thin, porcelain construction is translucent, mimicking the same look and feel of a real tooth. If you want to avoid a more complicated procedure such as applying crowns or braces, veneers are a practical solution to consider.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Although veneers are very durable, they are not indestructible; so simply put, they are not built to last forever. That being said, you can ensure a longer lifespan by taking proper care and administering best practices. Porcelain veneers can be expected to last 10 to 15 years given the individual follows all recommended care. At that point, your dentist will help you determine the level of repair or replacement required to refresh your smile.
How can I make my veneers last longer?
There is much you can do to prolong the life of your veneers.
- First off, treat them as you would your very own teeth. They should receive the same level of care actual teeth do. From consistent brushing to flossing, to drinking plenty of water, it is important to maintain proper dental hygiene. Make sure to set annual dentist appointments for a teeth cleaning and evaluation.
- You should avoid biting down on really hard items, such as ice, corn on the cob, or nuts. It is also important to avoid using your teeth as a tool to open containers. Just like regular teeth, this will prevent your veneers from chipping and cracking.
- When participating in contact sports or performing tasks that could cause injury to your face, jaw, or mouth, wear oral protective gear.
- To prevent staining, make sure to avoid drinking too much coffee, tea, or wine. Constant exposure to these liquids will change the hue of your veneers and teeth.
Schedule Your Veneer Consultation
Veneers may not be a permanent solution, but they are definitely a quick and effective procedure that will enhance the beautiful smile that is naturally yours. Contact us at Tribeca Dental for a free consultation and more information about veneers. Our staff is happy to discuss your options so you can determine if they are the right fit for you.