May 5, 2018
A discolored, chipped, or otherwise imperfect smile can really put a damper on your self-esteem. However, you don’t have to settle for it any longer when porcelain veneers in Lake Highlands can hide all these imperfections simultaneously. Of course, many patients have the same question: do porcelain veneers last forever?
By reading this post, you’ll learn how long veneers last on average, how to take care of them, and exactly what to expect when you pursue treatment.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
On average, porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Their lifespan can vary depending on the materials used by your dentist as well as how well they’re cared for, but you can expect them to last for at least a decade before needing replacement.
While porcelain veneers are not permanent, it doesn’t mean you can’t eat the same foods you love. However, they’re still susceptible to damage, such as dental injuries or using your teeth for tasks that are better suited for tools. If a veneer comes off, make sure you keep it and bring it to your dentist. They may be able to reattach it, saving you money and time on future visits.
What Does the Process Entail?
Veneers are meant to bond to the visible surface of teeth. Even though the sheaths are usually wafer-thin (especially if they’re the thinner alternative known as Lumineers), they’re still very durable and can sustain daily use.
The first step of receiving porcelain veneers in Lake Highlands is the consultation. Your dentist will give you a chance to tell him what your cosmetic goals are. He’ll take the shape, size, and color of the veneers into account before doing anything else, so you won’t have to worry about them looking unnatural. Once you’ve both determined veneers are right for you, he’ll start the buffing stage of treatment. This involves removing about one to two millimeters of enamel to make room for the veneers so they sit flush. Then, he’ll take an impression of your teeth and send it to an offsite dental lab.
While the veneers are being fabricated, you’ll wear temporary ones to help you get used to your new smile and protect your buffed teeth. Once finished, you’ll come back to the office to have the permanent ones placed.
How Do I Make Them Last?
Porcelain is naturally stain-resistant, so you won’t have to worry as much about foods staining them compared to tooth enamel. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t avoid consuming food and beverages that stain entirely.
To make your veneers last, do the following:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss daily
- See your dentist every six months to make sure they aren’t damaged
- Reduce your intake of staining foods (i.e. coffee, cola, red wine, dark teas, and richly pigmentated foods)
- Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after consuming substances that stain teeth easily to keep your veneers looking white
Looking to transform your smile for years to come? Schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Lake Highlands today!
About the Author
Dr. Ellis L. Ramsey earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry. He’s also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. To learn more about his cosmetic treatments, contact him through his website.
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