There are many treatments in cosmetic dentistry that can enhance your smile. However, dental veneers go above and beyond.
An unsightly gap, a chipped tooth, or discolorations can all be easily hidden behind the thin shells of a perfectly customized dental veneer. How do they work? And how long do dental veneers last? We have everything you need to know.
What is a Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or other material, and they are bonded to the front of each tooth in order to cover up various cosmetic issues or blemishes. They are designed specifically for the patient so that they blend in well with the surrounding teeth in color, size, shape, and so forth.
Dental veneers are commonly used for hiding:
- Odd-shaped teeth
- Worn or short teeth
- Large gaps
- Chipped teeth
- Minor cracks
- Weak teeth
Even teeth that have slight bite misalignments may be able to benefit from dental veneers.
While all veneers can cure these issues, some do so better than others as there are different types— instant veneers, composite veneers, and porcelain veneers. The latter two are custom designed for a perfect fit.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
So, just how long can you expect a dental veneer to last? It depends on the type of material used to create it. For instance, instant veneers last a couple of years, and composite veneers have a typical lifespan of 5 to 10 years on average. On the other hand, porcelain veneers can last about 10 to 15 years — and, with proper care, may last upwards of 20 years.
Increasing the Lifespan of Dental Veneers
To get the most out of your dental veneers, you have to properly care for them. And that means maintaining an outstanding oral hygiene routine that includes:
- Brushing. Brushing your teeth at least twice each day using a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Do not be aggressive as you brush.
- Flossing. Daily flossing is a must to ensure you don’t allow any buildup of unwanted debris. Carefully floss around your teeth with veneers, much like you would your other teeth.
- Professional Cleanings. Visiting your dentist for routine cleanings and exams every six months is essential for boosting the lifespan of your veneers.
Of course, you will want to take a few extra precautions to avoid things that may put your veneers at risk, such as eating sticky, chewy, or hard foods, as well as smoking or chewing tobacco.
The more quality care you give your veneers, the longer you can expect them to last.
Are Dental Veneers Right For You?
If you have been wanting to transform your smile, but haven’t taken the step to do so, perhaps now is your time. Dental Associates of Lodi offer dental veneers, as well as other cosmetic dental options to help wipe away any imperfections – leaving you with a beautiful smile you can feel confident about.