Porcelain Veneers Lifespan and Aftercare
By J. Brent Gorrell on February 19, 2014
We have some good news: Prolonging the lifespan of your veneers is as simple as brushing your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are durable and typically have a lifespan of 10 years. However, that’s just an average. Some may last five years, while others could conceivably last 30. Why the wide swing? Because, just like anything else you own, a lot depends on regular maintenance.
But don’t be put off by the concept of maintenance. Maintenance for veneers is the same as for your teeth: daily brushing and flossing. Good oral care habits and a little caution are all it takes to protect your smile.
Dr. J. Brent Gorrell in Mountain View would be happy to explain the ins and outs of porcelain veneers lifespan and go over how you take care of them. In addition, he can assess your teeth to determine if you would make a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry procedure that transforms smiles.
Brushing and Flossing
It’s simple: Brushing and flossing prolongs the life of your veneers. You just need to be thorough and diligent. Though tooth decay cannot develop on a veneer, it can eat away at the tooth underneath. A regular habit of brushing and flossing removes the plaque that would otherwise develop where the edge of the veneer meets the tooth, damaging the tooth.
Plaque also causes gums to recede. When that happens, an unsightly gap develops between your veneers and gums. At that point, your veneers would need to be removed and repositioned closer to the receding gum line to eliminate the gap.
Don’t Do the Twist
Porcelain veneers are tough when it comes to biting, which is great for eating. However, they are not as durable if they are twisted or bent. And that’s what happens when you open packages with your teeth. This twisting motion may cause the veneer to crack, break, or come off.
Remember: Teeth are for Food
Just like your teeth, veneers withstand the daily tasks of eating, biting, and chewing food. However, neither your teeth nor veneers are designed for biting hard objects. Biting your fingernails or holding bobby pins in your mouth creates pressures that are not good for veneers.
Take Preventive Steps
Sports are not always a “win” when it comes to your teeth. A collision could chip a veneer or cause it to pop off. If you participate in sports, you should consider wearing a mouth protector.
This will come as no surprise, but bruxism, the clenching and grinding of your teeth, is not good for veneers. If you suffer from this condition, you may not be a good candidate for veneers. Talk to your dentist to find out if a nighttime mouthpiece would help.
Porcelain veneers have a glass-like finish that is very stain resistant. However, the cement that bonds the veneer to your tooth can stain. If it becomes discolored, then the cement will need to be replaced, which requires removing the veneer. You can avoid this by refraining from products that can stain, such as tea, coffee, tobacco, red wine, and other foods that are chromogenic.
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