Porcelain veneers can last for decades if you treat them properly. Veneers are made of thin porcelain and are ideal for restoring gaps, crowding, stained, or misshapen teeth.
If you have discolored teeth, porcelain veneers are the best way to restore them. At Dentistry of Arizona, we usually recommend having your teeth whitened first before applying veneers to get optimal results.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
When you visit Dentistry of Arizona, our dentists will assess your condition. We will review your concerns about your smile and discuss what esthetic result you are hoping for.
Porcelain veneers are ideal for altering your tooth shape, size, and color. The best thing about veneers is that they require minimal tooth preparation and is a more conservative method of restoring your beautiful smile than crowns.
Are they a Permanent Fix?
Veneers can be an ongoing fix and can last for decades, as long as you treat them well. But they can still get damaged or require cosmetic repair or a full replacement.
To increase their lifespan, you should follow your dentist’s instructions. Habits that can shorten their life are the same habits that can damage your natural teeth.
Because they are made of thin porcelain, veneers can easily crack when you bite down on hard foods, like ice or candy. They also get stained so avoid drinking or eating colored food such as coffee or wine whenever possible. We discourage using your teeth as tools (whether natural teeth or veneers!). Avoid using your teeth to open bottles or packages.
How to Make them Last?
Porcelain veneers are not maintenance-free fix restoration. Since they’re a significant investment, make sure that you give your money’s worth by practicing good hygiene and wearing a nightguard.
Clean Your Mouth Properly
You must that you clean your mouth properly to prevent the edges of the veneers from getting stained and to keep your natural teeth healthy.
You should brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste to keep your tooth enamel strong. After cleaning, make sure that you floss. See your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup.
Wear Dental Protection
Most patients grind their teeth at night. This isn’t something that you can help – after all, you’re fast asleep! Clenching and grinding, or bruxism, pushes extra force on the teeth and can cause them to break. Wearing a custom night guard at night protects your natural teeth and porcelain veneers and crowns.
Never Use Your Teeth as Tools
Don’t use your tooth as a bottle opener or as a scissor to loosen a knot. Failure to heed this advice can cause your veneers to chip, and ending their lifespan early.
Visit Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise today to know more about how to take care of porcelain veneers.