Is There a Way to Make Veneers Last Longer?
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
Cosmetic dental treatments like porcelain veneers require a bit of investment. There is an investment of resources devoted to the appearance of the smile since veneers are not a covered service for most insurance companies. Then, there is an investment of time, since it takes two office visits over a few weeks’ time to complete the treatment process. We can’t stop there, either, because we also need to acknowledge that veneers also need ongoing care. That’s what we’d like to discuss here.
About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment option for individuals who want long-term improvements in their smile. When traditional veneers are selected, these results can last for up to 15 years. Because the conventional veneer process involves slight reduction of enamel, a broken or worn down veneer will need to be replaced. For this reason, we discuss oral care strategies that support lasting durability of porcelain veneers.
Veneer Maintenance is all about Habits
When we discuss the ease with which porcelain veneers can be maintained, this treatment becomes much less intimidating. Patients are happy to learn that their veneers can last well over a decade when they prioritize good brushing and flossing habits. Daily flossing is especially important because there is a tiny ridge, or margin, where the edge of a porcelain veneer meets enamel. This is the exact spot where debris can accumulate, and where decay can develop. When decay develops around a veneer, there is a high likelihood the restoration will need to be replaced. To avoid the need for replacement earlier than necessary, remember to brush and floss. It’s that simple.
In addition to good daily care, there are additional ways to promote longevity in the beauty and strength of porcelain veneers. One is to rinse the mouth with water after consuming any beverage, especially one with sugar or acidic ingredients. Another is to stop smoking. The chemicals in cigarettes may not stain porcelain, but they can cause discoloration in the enamel at the margins of veneers. Finally, porcelain veneers need to be examined regularly. Seeing your dentist every six months always provides benefit; even more so when your interest is to maintain the results of cosmetic dentistry treatment.
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