Made of porcelain, veneers are a convenient option for those who desire a brighter and more confident smile.
Whether your teeth are crooked, misaligned, crowded, stained or decayed, these coverings are a great fix to restore your smile.
But just because they are made of ceramic material, doesn’t mean they do not need to be cared for. You can end up damaging them as quickly as you get them, if you do not take proper care.
How long do they last?
That depends heavily on how you care for them. Veneers are very strong and durable, and will last 10–15 years with good care. They might require a cosmetic repair or complete replacement, depending on the wear or the damage they sustain. Ultimately, it is up to the wearer to increase its lifespan.
The same habits that hurt your teeth are the same ones that shorten the life of veneers. Just like natural teeth, veneers’ surface can crack if you get a blow on the face or bite down hard on something.
They are prone to staining as well. The American Dental Association recommends cutting down on your tea, coffee or wine intake.
How to Extend their Lifespan?
Keeping in view that they are a significant investment, here’s how you can make the most out of your money:
- Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush twicea day, and don’t forget flossing after a meal. This is a must to avoid stains and maintaining the good look. Don’t pass over your bi-annual dental checkups.
- Don’t bite down hard: If you have a habit of using your teeth as a bottle opener, or for loosening a knot, stop this habit instantly. You may end up chipping a veneer and ending its life early.
- Control teeth grinding: If you grind your teeth during sleep, let your dentist know, prior to getting veneers. Teeth grinding may not crack the veneers, but they certainly shorten their life due to wear and tear. Your dentistmight recommend a mouth guard to wear during sleep.
- Wear dental protection: If you play a sport, it is always a good idea to wear dental protection before a game. Any blow to the face could chip or crack veneers.
Veneers can restore your smile and make you feel like a million bucks. However, it’s important you understand that they too require the same care as your teeth.
If you’re based in Bethesda, MD, schedule an appointment with Bethesda Dental Health right away, and let’s discuss your cosmetic dental options.