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Are Dental Veneers A Long-Term Solution?

Posted on 1/9/2023 by Classic Smiles
Are Dental Veneers A Long-Term Solution?Dental veneers are tooth-colored shells that are used for tooth restoration. They are placed on the front of teeth to cover chips and cracks. Dental veneers can also serve to cover discolored teeth, especially those that are not responding to whitening treatments. Veneers can hence make teeth brighter and appear complete, hence improving facial appearance. Probably, you are asking how long these restorations last.

Longevity of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are customized thin shells intended to cover a tooth. Because of their thickness, they can be damaged with wear and tear that occurs with daily use. However, the longevity of dental veneers can be influenced by other factors, including:

Oral Hygiene

With excellent oral hygiene practices like regular brushing, flossing, and dental exams, you can get up to 15 years of use from dental veneers. The use of an antimicrobial mouthwash will also help with oral hygiene.

Bad Habits

To extend their longevity, you should steer clear of bad habits like grinding your teeth, biting your fingernails, chewing ice, and eating hard foods. Moreover, avoid using your teeth for actions like opening beer bottles or loosening knots.

Protective Gear

Wearing dental appliances like nightguards will also minimize the damage caused by habits like grinding and clenching. If you are an athlete or engage in physical activities like martial arts, using a mouthguard will protect the veneers.

Material used in Making Veneers

The material used to make the dental veneers will affect their longevity as well. Veneers can be made from either composites or porcelain. Composites are like real teeth so they can experience discoloration and staining over time. Porcelain veneers are more resistant to discoloration and staining, so they can last longer.

Veneers are an excellent long-term solution for smile restoration. Visit our dental office or call us to book an appointment to be evaluated for dental veneers.

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