Dental veneers are a great way to fix issues with a patient’s smile due to minor concerns with their teeth. They are attractive, durable and do not involve an invasive application process. One of the more frequently asked questions dentists receive about veneers treatment is in regard to the type of material that is used.…
How Long Will Dental Veneers Last?
Dental veneers are made of a thin material that goes over the tooth. They are an excellent choice for those seeking to restore the natural appeal of their smile. Regardless of the imperfection, whether staining or chipped tooth, veneers can provide a quick fix to get a beautiful smile. Although they are durable, patients often want to know how long they will last before repair or replacement is necessary.
The lifespan of dental veneers
Dental veneers are sturdy and should last between 10 to 15 years with adequate care. Depending on the nature of the wear or damage, veneers may need to be repaired or replaced eventually. It is up to the person to care for them and increase their lifespan.
Veneers are also destructible. The same habits that can harm natural teeth can also cause damage to them. Composite veneers are also prone to staining as well, unlike porcelain one. There is not much to do about the natural lifespan of veneers because they are not designed to be a permanent, maintenance-free solution.
Nevertheless, patients can get the most of their dental veneers by treating them right. After all, they are a remarkable investment for oral health, which means ensuring they last long will help patients get their money’s worth. The following are ways to care for veneers:
Practice good oral hygiene
It is important to clean the mouth to prevent stains and maintain good oral health. The underlying tooth is still prone to decay and infection. Dental professionals recommend brushing at least twice a day and spending at least two minutes on the process to ensure the tooth is fully clean. Flossing helps to remove food debris between the teeth. Dental appointments every six months is also important for dental checkup and cleanings.
Wear a nightguard
People who participate in contact sports should always remember to wear their mouthguards. Blows to the face can easily crack or damage the veneers. Also, patients suffering from nighttime teeth grinding or clenching should talk to their dentist before getting veneers. The pressure of grinding can cause the veneers to deteriorate gradually. This can be solved by getting a custom-made nightguard from the dentist.
Avoid using the teeth as tools
Almost everyone has tried to open an item or loosen a knot with their teeth. These habits are harmful to the teeth and could cause damage to them and the veneers – not forgetting that it can introduce germs into the mouth. If a veneer becomes damaged, it will need to be replaced, ending its lifespan prematurely. Also, biting on hard foods is just as destructive.
The bottom line
Dental veneers could be the best option to achieve the smile you want, but they require adequate care. Getting stain-resistant porcelain veneers is not an excuse to slack on proper oral hygiene as that could mean premature failure and costly repair procedures. Reach out today to find out more!
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