Making Your Dental Veneers Last

Making Your Dental Veneers Last

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

If you have imperfect teeth and you want to finally have a smile you love, dental veneers may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Veneers can do wonders for closing gaps, covering dark stains, and even making crooked teeth straight. 

Porcelain veneers are cemented to your teeth. Once you get veneers, you want to ensure that you do everything you can to make them last.

Let’s take a closer look at what veneers are and how you can help keep them beautiful for years to come.

 

What Are Dental Veneers? 

A veneer is a thin porcelain covering that is placed by a dentist over your natural tooth. The covering is created in a dental lab so that it is the perfect shape, size, and shade, so it blends in and fits with your other teeth.

In just two or three visits to the dentist, your teeth can be dramatically transformed. The main benefits of veneers over the other options is that they can last for many years and are treated just like regular teeth.

 

How Can I Help My Dental Veneers Last? 

Porcelain veneers are known for their strength and sturdiness. With proper care, they should last from 10 to 15 years or even longer – depending on the wear-and-tear they endure and how well you take care of them. 

By doing everything you can to protect your porcelain veneers, you can help to increase their lifespan. Some of the most important ways in which you can maintain them are the following:

 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Because veneers sit on top of your natural teeth, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. It is essential to brush and floss at least twice daily. Also, rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash that will kill germs.

Get Regular Checkups and Cleanings

Be sure to visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings at least twice a year to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy, and to have them keep an eye on your veneers. The dentist will also be checking for any decay that may be forming underneath the veneers.

Avoid Grinding Your Teeth

When you grind your teeth, it can chip or crack your veneers. To prevent grinding, ask your dentist for a night guard.

A night guard is a device that will prevent your upper and lower teeth from touching each other directly. It’s comfortable to wear, and it can increase the life of your veneers.

Avoid Hard Foods

Biting down on hard foods like ice or candy can cause your veneers to become dislodged or even fall off. To ensure this doesn’t happen, choose softer foods that won’t be harsh to your veneers.

Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools

Using your teeth for anything other than eating can make your veneers susceptible to chips and cracks. It also allows germs to enter your mouth, which can cause an infection.

Wear Oral Protection if You Play Sports

If you play sports, it is important to wear a mouth guard. Impacts to your face can easily crack or chip your veneers, and a mouth guard provides an extra layer of protection.

Avoid Liquids That Can Cause Stains 

Frequent exposure to liquids such as coffee, tea, and wine can permanently stain your veneers. Therefore, try to avoid these as much as possible.

 

Cosmetic Dentist in the Twin Cities 

Dr. Steven Hagerman of Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is highly skilled in the use of porcelain veneers. He and his friendly staff can help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

If you’re looking for a skilled and experienced dentist in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area, call us today to schedule an appointment at (651) 646-2392. You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to keeping your smile bright!