Porcelain veneers are extremely versatile in repairing various types of damage to the smile, including deep stains, chips and cracks in the teeth. Yet many patients want to get a durable solution for correcting those issues, and they sometimes express concern that a device made out of porcelain, which they perceive to be fragile, can only last for several years.
In reality, though, porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade when a patient takes good care of them and uses some common sense. When you get veneers, treat them the same way that you would your natural teeth.
The thin porcelain shell is bonded to the tooth by a cosmetic dentist, allowing the tooth to provide extra support to the veneer, improving its durability.
In some cases, the cosmetic dentist may first remove a thin layer of enamel to accommodate the veneer. Some veneers are so thin, however, that this step becomes unnecessary.
Of course, patients must take certain steps to preserve the durability of their veneers. As with so many aspects of dental care, the first step is maintaining good oral hygiene. Cavities that occur after the veneers are placed can threaten the stability of the devices.
Additionally, any objects or activities that can damage your natural teeth also have the potential to harm your veneers. Avoid biting into hard objects like ice cubes, or non-food objects.
If you participate in contact sports, wear a custom-crafted mouthguard to protect your veneers from harm. When mouthguards are specifically designed to a patient’s unique specifications, they can be highly effective at preventing dental injuries due to facial trauma.
If you show signs of bruxism (teeth grinding), you should also seek treatment for that condition so that it does not affect the longevity of your veneers.
Patients who want to pursue a durable treatment for improving their smile’s aesthetics should consider porcelain veneers. Schedule a consultation at North Shore Restorative and Implant Dentistry to discuss this treatment option and the dentist’s suggestion for maximizing the lifespan of veneers.
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