Porcelain veneers represent one of the most remarkable advancements in cosmetic dentistry. They provide an instant solution to a wide variety of aesthetic issues, including teeth that are gapped, crooked, missized, discolored or chipped. Veneers certainly produce glamorous results – so what’s the catch?
Many patients are surprised to learn that veneers are easy to care for too. In fact, they can be used and cleaned just like natural teeth. If you’ve been longing for a more attractive, dazzling smile, there’s really no big drawback to making the cosmetic dentistry investment and getting veneers for yourself.
Porcelain veneers are wafer thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They can alter the length, color, shape or size of a tooth. Veneers have the amazing ability to blend seamlessly with your smile, while dramatically improving its appearance and hiding your imperfections.
Durability and Life-Expectancy
Veneers are very durable, as they can withstand everyday dental function, including all the biting, chomping and chewing you do throughout the day. They are not easily chipped or broken like you may assume. Veneers are also stain-resistant, so you will no longer have to invest in periodic teeth whitening treatments throughout the year to maintain a white smile. In general, porcelain veneers are designed to last up to 10 years with proper care.
You’ve heard the recommendation of brushing twice a day and flossing daily, right? That’s all you need to remember when you get your veneers too. They can be cared for just like natural teeth! However, there are a few details that can protect your veneers and extend their lifespan. It is best to use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. You may also be asked to visit your dentist for a non-abrasive polishing on a routine basis. Finally, bad habits like teeth grinding or nail biting suddenly become a major threat. These are oral habits that can cause your veneers to pop off unexpectedly.
Have more questions about porcelain veneers? Call Salt Run Dentistry. We love the opportunity to bring life-changing improvements to your smile. As with any of our cosmetic or restorative treatments, we always take ample time to explain how you can protect your dental investment going forward.
Salt Run Family Dentistry
St. Augustine, FL 32080