How durable are porcelain veneers?
Veneers, which are thin tooth-shaped wafers made of porcelain that are bonded atop your natural teeth, can enhance the smile’s aesthetics in a number of ways. They may conceal chips, cracks or stains or bring undersized teeth into the proper proportions. Veneers can even create the illusion of alignment for a stretch of crooked teeth—much more quickly than orthodontic treatment!
We often think of porcelain as being a delicate, fragile material, so it may seem counter intuitive that dental devices made of this material would be durable in any way. Nonetheless, porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade if you maintain them properly.
The cosmetic dentist secures the veneers to the tooth surface using a dental bonding material, and this attachment to the biological teeth strengthens the veneers.
Of course, you should use common sense when it comes to your porcelain veneers and don’t try to bite into any hard objects that might also damage your biological teeth (such as pencils, ice cubes, etc.). Get guidance from your cosmetic dentist as to what you can and can’t do with your veneers.
Good oral hygiene is also essential to maximize the lifespan of your porcelain veneers. Brushing and flossing on a schedule recommended by your dentist will help to keep decay at bay, limiting its opportunity to damage the veneers. If you smoke, getting veneers may give you extra motivation to quit, as smoking is linked with gum disease, which can affect the appearance of your veneers.
Another thing to keep in mind when planning for porcelain veneers is that the shade of the devices cannot be altered after the veneer is bonded to the tooth. Therefore, patients who want to have their teeth whitened and get veneers should undergo the whitening treatment before the veneers are placed. This will prevent a two-toned smile.
Veneers can give a long-lasting boost to your smile.
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