Dental veneers, especially porcelain ones, are very sturdy. On average, they can resist for as long as 15 years or even longer with proper care.
We know what you're about to ask now: How do I take care of my veneers?
Follow the tips below.
Make Sure You Have Good Oral Hygiene
Veneers are made from materials (porcelain and composite resin) that don't decay. But, what a lot of people tend to forget is that these thin shells are still attached to your natural teeth.
While veneers can't get cavities, they can still accumulate plaque. The bacteria found in the plaque will attack the enamel of your natural teeth and irritate your gums. Over time, you can develop cavities under your veneers. Improper oral hygiene can also lead to gum recession, a condition where the gums pull away from your teeth, exposing the bonding that keeps your veneers in place.
The best way to maintain your oral health and maximize the lifespan of your veneers is to brush your teeth after every meal with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and see your dentist for routine visits and cleanings twice a year.
Wear a Nightguard If You Clench Your Teeth
Grinding your veneers at night can wear down your veneers (and natural teeth,) decreasing their lifespan. The pressure from grinding and clenching your teeth can also chip or break your veneers.
If you have bruxism, make sure you tell Dr. Omar Amin about it. He will fit you with a custom-made night guard that will protect your veneers.
Avoid Hard Foods
You will need to make a few diet changes after getting dental veneers. Munching on nuts, seeds, popcorn, candies, or other hard foods can chip or break your veneers so you will need to limit the consumption of these items or be very careful when having them.
The same is true when it comes to acidic foods. Highly acidic foods and beverages can erode the enamel and lead to cavities, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and so on. If the teeth under the veneers get a cavity, the dentist will most likely need to remove the shell to treat the decay.
Don't Use Your Teeth As Tools
Nervous habits like biting the nails or chewing on pen caps can wear down your veneers. The veneers can also break or chip if you also use your teeth to open packages or bottle caps.
Interested in Veneers in Rice Military?
If you are ready for a veneers consultation, you will probably want to work with the best team in Rice Military. That's us at Flo Dentistry!