You have made an investment to achieve that picture-perfect smile with porcelain veneers, but those amazing results won’t last forever without the right care plan. You will need to take extra good care of your teeth and gums after getting veneers because any dental problems can take their toll on the veneers. Since veneers are attached to your teeth, any gum or hygiene problems can be even more problematic because the gum tissues can swell and become puffy. Your cosmetic dentist and general dentist will provide you with a care plan after treatment, but it’s up to you to take good care of your oral health and your new teeth.
A dental hygienist can polish your teeth and veneers about once every three or four months. You will need a dental visit for this polishing session because the hygienist will use special tools and cleaning solutions to buff and clean your teeth and veneers thoroughly. Make sure you’re keeping up with your regular brushing and flossing routine between dental visits and you’ll enjoy your results for years to come.
Porcelain veneers do act just like regular teeth but that doesn’t mean they can withstand an excessive amount of pressure. Avoid biting down hard on bones, hair pins, or even chewing your fingernails. Chewing on ice can be very damaging to your teeth and can chip or break your veneers. If you participate in sports, wear a mouth protector when you’re on the field.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
One of the common questions people have when deciding if they should get veneers is, how long do porcelain veneers last? Veneers continue to be one of the most popular options for a smile makeover and are also among the most affordable treatments available. Porcelain veneers look natural and the bonding material doesn’t wear down easily. In fact, the dentist can create such a tight seal that your veneers could potentially last your entire lifetime.
When Are Dental Veneers the Best Solution for Your Smile?
Many people interested in getting a smile makeover turn to dental veneers, a treatment option that promises to align and shape teeth to create a more attractive smile. The durable, ceramic-like quality of dental veneers helps to create a very natural look and offers a number of options for people with chipped or cracked teeth, or those with uneven teeth. But are dental veneers the best solution for a healthy and attractive looking smile? Here are some things to consider when you are researching different cosmetic dentistry treatment options:
How Dental Veneers Work
- Worn enamel
- Discolored teeth
- Chips and cracks
- Abnormal spacing between teeth
- Uneven teeth from teeth grinding
J. Anthony “Tony” Kososki, DDS, FAGD
304 S. Cottonwood Drive, Suite C – Location #1
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone (214) 446-1946