When people experience cosmetic flaws that affect the overall appearance of their smile, porcelain veneers may be the ideal treatment option. Commonly used as part of a smile makeover at our East Honolulu practice, these thin shells of dental ceramic are versatile and ideal for cosmetic dentistry needs.
Many patients ask us how long porcelain veneers will last and what they can do to extend the lifespan. Let's take a moment to consider these matters.
Cleaning Your Porcelain Veneers
When it comes to cleaning your porcelain veneers, all patients need to do is brush and floss as they normally would. That means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a night. Patients should ideally floss after meal, using a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent doing damage to the teeth and the gum tissue.
Abstain from Using Tobacco Products
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but your natural teeth are not. To help keep your porcelain veneers properly blended in with your natural teeth, be sure to avoid using tobacco products. That means not using chewing tobacco and not smoking cigarettes or cigars. This might be a great excuse to kick the habit for good.
Avoiding Common Bad Habits
While porcelain veneers are durable, they can chip and crack. Try your best to avoid some of these common bad habits that can lead to tooth damage such as chips and cracks:
- Chomping on ice cubes
- Nibbling on drinking straws
- Chewing on pens/pen caps
- Opening packages with your teeth
These are just a few common sense ways to keep your smile as healthy as possible for as long as possible and avoid chips, cracks, and fractures.
Regular Dental Visits
Just because you have porcelain veneers doesn't mean you can skip out on dental visits. Be sure to see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings, x-rays, and routine maintenance. This is a cornerstone of preventative care, and it can help you have porcelain veneers that last for many years. This is also an excellent opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have about veneers and your general dental health and wellness.
How Long Will My Porcelain Veneers Last?
On average, porcelain veneers can last as long as 10 years. Regular wear and tear will take their toll on veneers, meanings that they will need to be replaced eventually. That said, proper oral hygiene and at-home care can prolong the life of your porcelain veneers. Regular cleaning and good habits can extend the life of your veneers beyond the 10-year mark.
Replacing Porcelain Veneers
When your porcelain veneers eventually need to be replaced, do not worry. This is a generally routine procedure that is similar to the initial placement of the veneers. The old veneers are removed, a new impression is taken of the tooth, and a set of new veneers is crafted at an off-site dental lab.
During your regular dental visits, your dentist can let you know when you're due for new veneers.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. The team at our practice will help you smile with renewed confidence.