Veneers are thin tooth coverings that resemble enamel and are custom-made to mimic your natural teeth. They are used to enhance your natural smile by concealing any unbecoming cosmetic dental flaws, including chipped, over-spaced, discoloured, or otherwise damaged teeth. Veneers also work toward improving your bite and speech.
There are two kinds of dental veneers: porcelain and composite. Porcelain veneers are costlier but longer-lasting and offer a more natural feel and look. Composite veneers are set quickly and faster to repair or repaint as required. Veneers can help you save money on expensive and invasive dental procedures like dental crowns. They also maintain a brighter smile for longer than some other tooth whitening procedures. Optimal care is imperative to ensure a long lifespan for your veneers.
Tips to Make Your Veneers Last Longer
Now that you have made the initial investment in the future of your beautiful smile, it is time to protect it! Sturdy porcelain veneers should last you around 12 years and even longer with adequate care. To take optimal care of your dental veneers, certain precautions could help. Damaged veneers are fixable but will cost you time and money.
A broken or chipped veneer is typically the main reason for replacement. Be mindful of adversely using your teeth. For example, avoid opening any packages with your teeth. Refrain from biting down on any hard objects. It is also pertinent to avoid consuming hard foods. Creating a good oral healthcare routine will ensure your gums and teeth remain healthy and help prolong the lifespan of your veneers.
Avoid Tobacco Products
One of the major causes of staining to veneers is tobacco. Even porcelain veneers made of top-quality dental porcelain that is highly stain-resistant are affected by tobacco products, including modern e-cigarettes. Stopping tobacco use will ensure a longer veneer lifespan and improve your overall health.
Wear a Night Guard or Mouth Guard if Necessary
If you participate in contact sports, a mouthguard is necessary. If you find yourself grinding your teeth while you sleep at night, be sure to wear a nightguard to avoid adversely affecting your veneers. Nightguards can also help in maintaining the colour and whiteness of porcelain veneers. A whitening solution that can prevent the greying of your porcelain veneers is available to be applied and worn overnight.
Use the Right Oral Hygiene Tools
It is important to avoid using anything abrasive that can damage the surface of your veneers. For everyday oral care, invest in a soft-bristled toothbrush. A non-abrasive toothpaste specially designed for veneers can also help.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Care for your veneers by ensuring proper oral hygiene. Proper brushing of your teeth and gums and regular flossing can help avoid gum disease that could eventually lead to the loss of your teeth. Ideally, brush your teeth twice a day.
Don’t Skip Dental Cleanings
Regular teeth cleaning and dental checkups are highly recommended. You should be visiting your dentist at least once every six months. Your dentist can correct any issues and remove any accumulated stains or tarter. They can also check the health of your gums and teeth and address any persisting problems. Regular and thorough teeth cleanings will also ensure a longer veneer lifespan.
Avoid Dark-Colored Foods and Beverages
Unfortunately, all drinks and foods that can badly stain your regular teeth will have the same effect on your veneers. It’s best to avoid regularly consuming beverages like tea, coffee, or red wine if you want to optimise your veneers’ lifespan. If you find it difficult to avoid consuming these drinks, try sipping them via a straw that can avoid direct contact with your veneers. Alcohol can lead to the detachment of your veneers over time, owing to the deterioration of the bonding agent keeping them in place.
With proper care, dental veneers can protect your smile for several years. To guarantee your veneers’ lifespan, following certain precautions is recommended. These include avoiding the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and dark beverages. Maintaining a daily routine of good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are also important. Other cosmetic dentistry options like teeth whitening, dental crowns, and dental bonding are also available. Before investing in veneers, it’s advisable to consult with an experienced dentist to aid your decision. Ready for a perfect new smile? Contact us today to book an appointment with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists!