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How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers can last for decades if you treat them properly. Veneers are made of thin materials and are ideal for restoring your naturally beautiful smile.

If you have discolored teeth, porcelain veneers are the best way to restore them. At Reflections Dental, we usually recommend having your teeth whitened first before applying veneers to get optimal results.

Why opt for porcelain veneers?

When you visit Reflections Dental Clinic, our dentists will assess your condition. If other methods can’t whiten your teeth, then porcelain veneers could help create a more pleasant smile.

This option is ideal for altering your tooth shape, size and color. The best thing about veneers is that they require minimal tooth preparation and is a more conservative method of restoring your beautiful smile than crowns.

Are they a permanent fix?

Veneers can be an ongoing fix and can last for decades, as long as you treat them well. But they can still get damaged or require cosmetic repair or a full replacement.

To increase their lifespan, you should follow your dentist’s instructions. Habits that can shorten their life are the same habits that can damage your natural teeth.

Because they are made of thin materials, veneers can easily crack when you bite down on hard foods, like ice or candy. They also get stained so avoid drinking or eating colored food such as coffee or wine whenever possible.

How to make them last?

Porcelain veneers are not maintenance-free fix restoration. Since they’re a significant investment, make sure that you give your money’s worth by practicing good hygiene.

Clean Your Mouth Properly

You must that you clean your mouth properly to prevent veneers from getting stained and to keep your natural teeth healthy.

You should brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day. Use a fluoride toothpaste to keep your tooth enamel strong. After cleaning, make sure that you floss. See your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup.

Wear Dental Protection

If you’re playing a contact sport, you should wear a mouth guard. Impact to your face can cause the veneers to crack or chip.

Never Use Your Teeth as Tools

Don’t use your tooth as a bottle opener or as a scissor to loosen a knot. Failure to heed this advice can cause your veneers to chip,  and ending their lifespan early.

Resolve Teeth Grinding

If you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night when you sleep, make sure that you treat this habit. Talk to your dentist about it. If it’s not treated, clenching or grinding may result in cracked veneers and can shorten their lifespan.  One of the primary solutions for nighttime grinding is the use of a mouth guard. You may also need to resolve what causes your nighttime grinding. If it’s stress, ensure that you learn how to de-stress your life.

Visit Reflections Dental clinic today to know more about how to take care of porcelain veneers.

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