What to Expect with Porcelain Veneers Treatment
Porcelain veneers offer a great option for patients to completely transform their smiles. Porcelain veneers don’t require several restorative or cosmetic treatments in order to achieve a beautiful smile. A single treatment offers the smile that you have been dreaming of. To understand if veneers are the right option for you, it is important to understand some key components about veneers and what you should expect.
Porcelain Veneer Lifespan
The lifespan of veneers depends largely on two different factors. The first is the quality of the veneer that you select. The second factor is how well you care for your veneers after you receive them. Typically, dentists expect that veneers will last for 10-15 years. When you meet with our dentist, you should discuss the types of porcelain veneers that their office offers and understand the benefits and limitations of each type. You should generally opt for the best veneer that you can afford, and our dentist will help guide you toward your best choices.
Care for your veneers is close to the same guidance that our dentist gives for your natural teeth.
Brush twice daily
Visit our dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings
Don’t use your teeth to open packages which can damage your veneers and teeth
Don’t crack nuts or other hard objects with your teeth
Treat bruxism, a condition that causes you to grind your teeth
Wear a mouthguard when you participate in sports or activities that can damage your teeth
Porcelain veneers are used largely because of their ability to retain their color. While there is some possibility of staining for poor quality veneers, they should generally be stain resistant. This means that your new veneers should not stain because you drink coffee or wine or eat dark-colored foods. You will likely find that your veneers retain their color better than your natural teeth.
Replacing Your Veneers
Veneers may require replacement at some point in the future. It is important to schedule and attend your regular dentist appointments. If our dentist catches wear or damage to your veneer early, it may be possible to repair the veneer without a full replacement.
Caring for Your Veneers
Your veneer care should not vary much from your normally prescribed dental routine. Dentists recommend that you use a soft bristled brush and non-abrasive toothbrush with veneers. If you are currently using a medium or hard toothbrush or abrasive toothpaste, you should switch to avoid damaging or scratching your veneers. One of the most critical components in the care of your veneers is attending your regularly scheduled dental visits. This ensures problems are caught earlier.
Problems with Your Veneers
If you encounter any problems with your veneers, it is important to schedule an appointment right away. If a problem is caught early, there is a chance that our dentist can perform a repair rather than a complete replacement. Additionally, untreated problems can sometimes become a bigger issue that can affect your overall dental health. Ensuring that you receive prompt and professional care helps to reduce or eliminate the chances that your small problem becomes a bigger or even painful concern.
If you are considering veneers to brighten or correct your smile, contact us and schedule your appointment today. Our dentist can help make sure that you are a good candidate for veneers and discuss all the possible options to achieve a perfect smile. They can also discuss any of your questions or concerns about the process and care for your veneers.