Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment for patients wanting to easily correct gaps, chips, discoloration, or irregularly teeth. They look like natural teeth, are incredibly durable and stain-resistant, and quickly make your smile look more uniform. In this blog post, we provide an overview of porcelain veneers!
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are permanent in the sense that the process is not reversible. Although it’s a minimally invasive procedure and your tooth is kept structurally intact, your enamel must be altered to allow the porcelain veneers to fit snugly. Enamel can’t grow back, so once you get porcelain veneers, you will always need them to protect your teeth.
If you take care of them properly, your veneers can last for up to 20 years before needing a replacement!
Tips to Make Porcelain Veneers Last Longer
You may be wondering how you can make your porcelain veneers last for as long as possible. After all, it would be disappointing to have to replace them earlier than expected because your teeth were not taken care of properly. Here are some simple practices that you can do to care for your porcelain veneers, underlying teeth, and gums:
- Go to your biannual dental examinations. Routine deep cleaning and checkups can ensure that we identify any problems early and correct them without further damage.
- Daily brush and floss your teeth. You can still get tooth decay and gum disease with porcelain veneers, so keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time and floss every day.
- Wear a custom-fitted sports mouthguard and/or nightguard, as needed. If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, you should wear a mouthguard to prevent any damage to your teeth.
Are Veneers Worth It?
Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic dental problems. If you’re self-conscious about your dental flaws, then veneers may be worth it to gain your confidence back! You don’t have to get an entire mouthful of veneers either; you can get just one or two to help a tooth better blend in with the rest of your teeth. Your treatment plan is entirely tailored to your smile goals, needs, and budget!/p>
To discuss whether porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic solution for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team would be happy to help you make an informed decision.