If you’re trying to cover up chips, cracks, misalignment, gaps, discoloration, or other imperfections in your smile, there are few cosmetic treatments as effective as porcelain veneers in Oxnard near Camarillo. Trust us when we say these are not the same as the veneers you may have heard about decades ago. However, you may be wondering if these veneers are designed to be permanent.
After speaking with your dentist, we’ve found an answer, as well as ways on how to make them last.
If you want to hide discolored, crooked, or damaged teeth, porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for many reasons. When compared to other aesthetic dental procedures like dentures, they look far more natural. And you don’t have to change your regular at-home oral hygiene routine, because they’re just as easy to keep clean as your real teeth.
The Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers consist of extremely thin ceramic coverings that are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to improve their appearance, and they’re one of the most efficient ways to makeover your smile. Fortunately, they are made to truly last as well.
Modern day dental porcelain is often just as strong or stronger than natural enamel, so you won’t have to worry about them breaking just from biting into a piece of food. On average, porcelain veneers tend to last for about 10 years, but they can last for even longer with the right maintenance. Many patients have porcelain veneers that still look great after 20 years.
The longevity of porcelain veneers often comes down to how a patient takes care of them after they have been placed. For instance, if the underlying natural teeth start to decay because of a lack of oral hygiene, this can severely affect how the veneers look. The veneers, just like your natural teeth, can also become stained if they are regularly exposed to foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, wine, or dark colored berries. Plus, while dental porcelain is very strong, it does have its limits. If you were to chew on a piece of ice,
for example, there is a chance a veneer could break, but this is true for your natural teeth as well, which is why you should always avoid chewing extremely hard things.
Protecting Your Porcelain Veneers
It’s true that veneers can make your teeth stronger than they were, especially if they were damaged, but they aren’t invincible. If you want your porcelain veneers to last for a long time, be sure to follow these 5 tips.
Tip 1: Choose the Right Toothpaste
There are toothpastes designed to help you get a whiter smile, but many of them contain abrasive materials like hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate. Even baking soda toothpastes can be too rough on your veneers, causing them to lose their color and polished appearance. Look for gentler options such as gels.
Tip 2: Watch What You Eat
Foods such as apples, raw carrots, and hard nuts can possibly chip a veneer. Sweets and starches such as pastas, candies, breads and sugary drinks can also have an effect on the veneer’s surface.
Tip 3: Avoid Biting on Non-Food Hard Objects
Everyone does it, but it doesn’t mean it’s good for your veneers! Chewing on a pen or pencil, using your teeth to open a bottle or package, or even chomping on ice can be harmful. Try to break the habit.
Tip 4: Treat Teeth Grinding
Do you grind your teeth at night while sleeping? If you have the condition known as bruxism, it can put a great amount of stress on your teeth and veneers. Ask your dentist about managing the issue. He or she may recommend a bite guard, also called an occlusal guard, which can protect your veneers by minimizing the stress.
Tip 5: Prevent Staining
While porcelain veneers are designed to resist staining, just like natural teeth they can become discolored by too much coffee, soda, red wine, berries, tea, and/or cigarettes. Limit your intake and be sure to brush, floss, and rinse regularly.
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Anacapa Dental Art Institute is proud of their dedicated service to Ventura County. Lead by world-renowned top cosmetic prosthodontist Dr. Jivraj and his expert staff, Anacapa has the expertise and facility to handle whatever your cosmetic dental situation may be. Whether it’s a tooth whitening or a full mouth reconstruction, expect nothing but some of the best dental care Ventura County has available.
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