Veneers are a remarkably flexible solution for multiple dental issues. For example, you can get veneers to correct staining or chipped teeth, among many other issues. It’s a cosmetic procedure that delivers outstanding results.
At Nobel Dental our staff, led by Dr. Abraham Nobel, encourages patients who want to vastly improve their smiles to consider veneers. However, it’s important to understand exactly what can impact how long your veneers last before you get them.
A veneer is technically a very thin shell that is attached to your tooth. The veneer hides the problem, and gives you the look you’ve always wanted. However, there are options when it comes to what the veneer is made of, and the choice you make determines your results to some degree.
Porcelain is the most common material to make veneers. It provides a translucent look, and reflects light much like your natural teeth. Additionally, porcelain is very durable, and can last 10 years or more, according to experts. In fact, porcelain veneers may last as long as 20 years.
Some people choose composite resin for their veneers. These are often lower-priced, and your teeth may need less preparation before the veneers are attached. The drawback is that they likely won’t last as long as porcelain. You can expect composite resin veneers to last around five years.
Oral hygiene is key
Veneers don’t require special care. However, you can help extend their life by practicing excellent oral hygiene. We recommend:
- Brushing twice a day, for at least two minutes each time
- Floss once a day
- Schedule routine cleanings and checkups
Creating a daily routine and getting regular professional care keeps your teeth healthy and your veneers looking fantastic.
Your teeth aren’t tools
Another thing you can do to help your veneers last is to remember that your teeth aren’t tools. Don’t use them to open a package or break a thread.
You should also avoid chewing on things like erasers or pens. Don’t bite down on ice or hard candy.
Even natural teeth are prone to damage when they are used like tools or you bite on especially hard things. Veneers are even more susceptible to damage.
Extend the life of your veneers by protecting your teeth. You may even want to invest in a mouthguard for times your teeth are especially at risk, such as when you play sports.
A lifetime of care
Veneers can improve your smile to a degree that may surprise you. But, in order for them to look so great, Dr. Nobel removes a little bit of your natural enamel.
Without either a veneer or enamel, your teeth are vulnerable to problems like discoloration, sensitivity, and other issues. This means that you need to maintain your veneers for the rest of your life. If they break or deteriorate, you’ll need to replace them.
If you’d like to learn more about veneers and decide whether they might be the right solution for you, schedule an appointment at Nobel Dental today.