Porcelain veneers are a wonderful way to transform your smile from drab to fab! How long your beautiful, flawless restorations last ultimately depend on you and how well you care for them.
As durable as porcelain veneers are, they will not last the 15 to 20 years they are intended to without proper care and maintenance.
The list below includes a few aftercare tips to help ensure that you enjoy your porcelain veneers for years to come:
Take proper care of your veneers. The best way to do this is by practicing good oral hygiene habits. This is extremely important to prolong the life of your porcelain veneers and to maintain good oral health. Be sure to brush for two minutes twice a day, floss once and rinse with mouthwash to increase the lifespan of your porcelain veneers.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. While porcelain veneers are quite durable, they can be damaged by brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Stay away from hard-bristled toothbrushes and stick to using soft-bristled toothbrushes instead. Also, be sure to use a toothpaste without harsh abrasives. If you need recommendation for a toothpaste without harsh abrasives, be sure to ask your family dentist.
Visit your dentist regularly. Visiting your dentist regularly not only helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, but also allows for your dentist to monitor your porcelain veneers and to make repairs to them, if needed.
Prevent Gum Disease. Gum disease leads to gum inflammation and may even cause your gums to recede. Gum recession may expose the top of edge of your porcelain veneer, which can result in an unattractive smile. Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
Avoid Bad Habits
Properly maintaining and caring for you porcelain veneers also includes avoiding bad habits that can damage your veneers. The following are a few things you should avoid after getting porcelain veneers:
Don’t chew on hard objects. As mentioned earlier, porcelain veneers are durable, however, they aren’t exactly as strong as your natural teeth. Be sure to avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, pens, and even your nails. Chewing on hard items can cause your veneers to crack or chip. Same goes for clenching and grinding your teeth.
Avoid stain causing food and beverages. While porcelain veneers are stain resistant, your teeth and the adhesive used to bond the veneers are not. Be sure to avoid food and beverages that may stain your teeth. If you drink coffee or soda, use a straw to minimize the contact with your teeth.
Quit Smoking. The detrimental effects of smoking have long been made known to the public, yet people still smoke. Even big tobacco companies are quick to point out that their products aren’t exactly safe. So if you ever needed another reason to quit, this may be it, smoking is also bad for your veneers. As mentioned earlier, porcelain veneers are rather stain resistant, however, smoking can result in staining and discoloration of your veneers.
Porcelain veneers can give you the smile that you’ve always dreamed of, and as long as you properly care for your veneers they will last for many years to come!