How to Get the Most Out of Your Veneers
January 15, 2023
A picture-perfect smile is possible with veneers; however, they are a big investment. Bonding them to the front surfaces of the teeth visible when smiling addresses many imperfections at once. You can save time and money because you won’t need multiple treatments. Unfortunately, veneers don’t last forever, but they can thrive for a decade or longer with the correct care. Here’s how you can get the most out of your veneers before needing replacements.
Lifespan of Veneers
A veneer is a customized restoration that’s applied to the front side of a tooth to improve its shape, color, and size. When applied to many teeth, veneers can correct chips, stains, gaps, and other flaws using a minimally invasive process.
After just 2 appointments, you can enjoy drastic results with an average lifespan of 10 years, but it’s not unusual for veneers to last for much longer. Many factors will affect the life expectancy of your new smile, like your oral hygiene and diet.
How to Care for Veneers
Veneers may look and feel like your real teeth, but they require a little extra care if you want them to last. You can protect your investment by following a few tips:
- Commit to Your Oral Hygiene: Abrasive dental products can scratch your veneers, causing them to look discolored. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes. Use high-quality floss to clean between each tooth every day.
- Cut Back on Sugar: Although veneers can’t get cavities, your underlying teeth are still vulnerable to decay. It’s best to moderate how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Break Bad Oral Habits: Veneers are durable, but they aren’t indestructible. Don’t chew on inedible objects, including your fingernails. Don’t use your teeth in place of scissors or other tools.
- Live a Healthy Lifestyle: Smoking can increase your risk of cavities and gum disease, which can cause veneers to fail. Limit your consumption of alcohol, which can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers to your teeth.
- Watch What You Eat: Your cosmetic dentist will recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods.
- Protect Your Smile: Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. If you have a habit of grinding and clenching your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard.
- Visit Your Dentist: Commit to seeing your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkups. They’ll keep your teeth and gums healthy while safeguarding your veneers.
You can turn the smile of your dreams into reality with veneers. You will enjoy a long-lasting solution by giving your teeth the attention they deserve.
About Dr. J. Lee Pettigrew
Dr. Pettigrew earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and continued his education to become a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He regularly undergoes continuing education in advanced services, like cosmetic dentistry. If you’re ready to revamp your smile, request an appointment through our website or call (817) 873-2507.
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