You know those gorgeous glossy white covers that take your smile to the next level?
Porcelain dental veneers make teeth look brighter, longer, more evenly shaped, or more evenly spaced per your unique dental needs. They truly work wonders.
But as with any other dental restoration, even the best of dental veneers will eventually break down and need replacement.
On average, most dental veneers will stay securely in place for ten years. Some have been noted to be in-tact after 20 years of service. Dental veneers are an investment, so you definitely want these cosmetic restorations to last closer to that 20-year range when at all possible.
You play an important role in determining the lifespan of your dental veneers. Here’s what our Milford and West Haven cosmetic dentists recommend doing to keep your veneers healthy for as long as possible.
Avoid Bearing Down on Your Veneers
Veneers usually only grace your upper front teeth. This puts them in a compromising situation if you use your teeth to bite into or chew on tough foods. Habits like nail biting or chewing on pens can damage porcelain veneers. Even a habit of holding hairpins between your front teeth can eventually cause veneers to chip.
You’ll want to quit harmful habits like nail biting if you want to keep your veneers securely in place.
Brush and Floss Around Veneers
Veneers don’t protect your teeth from cavities and gum disease. If these conditions set in, your teeth can suffer damage to the point that your veneers will come off. That’s why it’s critical that you carefully brush with fluoride toothpaste and floss around each tooth daily, including those with veneers.
Wear a Nightguard
Do you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep? If so, you should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your veneers from the excess pressure.
Visit a Milton or West Haven Cosmetic Dentist
Have your dental veneers checked for soundness at least twice a year. If a veneer is broken or has come loose, it will need to be replaced right away in order to keep your tooth safe.
For more tips on dental veneers, visit our team of cosmetic dentistry providers at Shoreline Dental!