To help with that, we answer many of the more popular questions here on the Aesthetic Family Dentistry blog. Today we’re going to discuss dental veneers.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers, porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates all describe the same thing. A thin, custom made shell that is affixed over damaged teeth to restore full chewing ability and that wonderful smile.
They aren’t always made out of porcelain, despite their name. Some dental veneers are, but others are made from modern composites. Each has its own pros and cons and is something we can discuss with you at a consultation should you decide you would like veneers.
A porcelain veneer is very stain resistant and long wearing. A composite or resin veneer is lighter, can be thinner, but doesn’t resist stains as well.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
The veneers themselves could last a lifetime. As with many dental procedures, much is influenced by how well you look after them. Manage them well, keep them clean and avoid food and drink that stains your teeth and they will last as long as you.
When affixed properly, dental veneers don’t wear, they don’t stain and they don’t fall off. They use the structure of your teeth for strength and their own properties to avoid staining as much as possible. So, just like your real teeth, look after them well and they will reward you with a lifetime of use.
How to Ensure Dental Veneers Last the Test of Time
With a good oral health regimen and proper care, and a harmonius neuromuscularly balanced bite, there is no reason why dental veneers cannot last a lifetime. However, just like your natural teeth, you need to care for them to keep them healthy.
Brush twice a day and floss daily for best results. The tooth underneath the veneer is still susceptible to decay and disease so you need to look after your mouth. Remove plaque completely to avoid gum disease and other complications that could necessitate the removal of the veneer.
Avoid excess alcohol which can affect the bonding that fastens the veneer to the tooth. Red wine can also stain all teeth, real and veneered, so avoid wherever possible and moderate everywhere else. Smoking also stains teeth and compromises the body’s ability to fight infection and remain healthy. Avoid smoking if you want to keep your dental veneers looking like new.
To avoid chipping or cracks, be mindful of what you put in your mouth. Heavy biting pressure can damage veneers, as can biting metal, undoing beer bottles and anything else that puts something hard against the veneer.
We see lots of cracks and chips from people who bite on metallic objects, forgetting they are wearing veneers. While the fact patients forget they are wearing them is testament to our dental prowess, it does have a downside!
Essentially, we suggest treating dental veneers as you would your real teeth. Brush regularly, floss regularly, keep your mouth healthy and ensure you see your dentist regularly.
If you’re considering dental veneers, don’t make a move without visiting Aesthetic Family Dentistry first. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!