How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
One of the primary reasons people decide to have porcelain veneers placed rather than composite veneers, Lumineers, or other options is because of their durability. Unlike composite veneers, which typically need to be replaced around five to seven years, porcelain veneers, when properly maintained, can last twenty years or more. If you have decided to have porcelain veneers placed, follow these guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of this procedure.
Proper Care Extends the Lifetime of Porcelain Veneers
Having porcelain veneers placed will instantly improve and restore the look of your natural smile, but these results will only be temporary if you do not continue to practice good oral hygiene habits.
By following these guidelines, your porcelain veneers will last much longer, and best of all, you will reduce the likelihood of developing additional oral issues in the future.
- Consistent brushing and flossing. One of the most important ways you can maintain the look and longevity of your porcelain veneers is to brush and floss at least twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. If you are averse to flossing, talk to your dentist about alternative options, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
- Brush properly. Many patients make the mistake of brushing their teeth too vigorously or too quickly. You should brush your teeth for approximately two minutes each time. It is also important to practice proper brushing techniques. Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle and make tooth-wide back and forth strokes. If you are uncertain about your brushing technique, ask your dentist to review your approach and provide feedback.
- Brush your tongue. The tongue is one of the most overlooked areas for dental hygiene. Brushing your tongue regularly will reduce plaque buildup, which if left unchecked can lead to periodontitis.
- Eat a healthy diet. Foods and drinks that are high in starch or sugary can cause teeth to decay. When drinking sugary beverages, use a straw to limit sugar exposure to your teeth. It is also important to rinse your mouth out with water following every meal. Rinsing your mouth will remove food remnants, which, if left in the mouth and between the teeth, can cause decay.
- Bi-annual appointments. In addition to following these best practices at home, it is also important that you see your dentist every six months. During these regular examinations, they can perform deep cleanings and monitor the status of your porcelain veneers.
Patients who have bruxism (teeth-grinding) should also consider night guards, as unchecked teeth grinding can eventually cause veneers to crack or wear down quicker. Patients who engage in contact sports or high impact physical activities on a regular basis may also consider a mouth guard, which will provide further protection for your veneers and increase their longevity.
Finally, the best way to maximize the longevity of your porcelain veneers is to practice common sense. Avoid using your teeth to loosen knots or open bags and avoid chewing on hard materials as much as possible. If you follow these self-care steps, you will enjoy your porcelain veneers for a long time!
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