5 Tips To Help Make Your Porcelain Veneers Last
Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us when we walk into a room. And whether it’s thanks to genetics, improper oral hygiene, or just the natural process of aging, many of us have tooth imperfections that keep us from feeling as confident as we should.
Dental veneers are a great option for those looking to instantly and drastically improve the appearance of their teeth.
What are porcelain veneers?
In order to recreate a beautiful, natural smile, ultra-thin shells of porcelain (customized to the shape, color, angle, and thickness of your natural teeth) are bonded to the front of your teeth.
How can dental veneers improve my smile?
Dental veneers are commonly used to correct uneven, crooked, misshapen, chipped, decayed, and discolored teeth. Veneers can also fix irregular spacing between teeth.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Although they are quite durable, veneers aren’t a permanent solution. They may need repair or replacement.
With the proper care, porcelain veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years.
But the answer to this question really depends on how you care for your porcelain veneers.
How can I preserve the life of my porcelain veneers?
Given the relative cost of veneers, it makes sense to try to get the most mileage out of them possible. Here are the top 5 tips on how to help make your veneers last.
Tip #1: Practice good oral hygiene.
You need to care for veneers just as you would your natural teeth. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing daily. It’s also important to see your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup.
Tip #2: Refrain from biting on hard or chewy food and objects.
You should avoid biting your fingernails and hard or chewy objects, such as pencils, ice, candies, popcorn, the shells of nuts, etc. What’s more, refrain from using your teeth as a tool. This includes having them act as scissors to open bags, untie knots, or cut loose threads. Doing so can damage the surface of your veneers – as well as your natural teeth – causing them to chip and crack.
Tip #3: Wear a mouthguard when you’re playing sports.
If you enjoy playing sports that may involve contact with your face, be sure to use a mouth guard. Any impact to your mouth can result in chips or cracks to your veneers.
Tip #4: Protect your teeth from grinding.
Whether awake or asleep, if you habitually grind or clench your teeth, your veneers may chip or break. You may need a night guard to avoid grinding during sleep.
Tip #5: Steer clear of stain-inducing food and drink.
Again, much like natural teeth, veneers are susceptible to staining. That’s why the American Dental Association suggests you refrain from habitually drinking coffee, tea, and wine.
Schedule An Appointment With Island Tower Dentistry Today
Do you want to learn more about dental veneers? We’re here to discuss your expectations and explore your options. Let Island Tower Dentistry help you achieve the smile you’ve only dreamed about. Contact our Marco Island dental office today at 239-394-1004.