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How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

August 24, 2020 9:35 pm

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front of your natural teeth to improve their shape, color, size, or length, and your confidence. Porcelain is a stain-resistant, durable, and natural-looking material.

When dental veneers are correctly applied and cared for, they can last between 10 and 25 years. They are considered a permanent smile enhancement because your tooth’s enamel must be altered to ensure a snug fit. However, how long your dental veneers last will depend on how you take care of them.

Let’s talk about a few factors that can affect the longevity of dental veneers.

  1. Daily Oral Hygiene
  2. Brushing your teeth twice a day and daily flossing is crucial to ensuring that your veneers last longer. Poor oral hygiene can cause the underlying natural tooth to decay and damage your veneers. You can also develop gum disease, which can result in tooth loss.

  3. Regular Dental Checkups
  4. Typically, it’s best to visit Riverstone Dental Care, your Canton dentist, at least every six months for an examination and professional cleaning. You may benefit from more frequent visits if, for example, you are pregnant, have heart disease, or suffer from oral health concerns. During your checkup, our team will evaluate whether your veneers are still in great shape. If they’re not, we can make recommendations to address the problem.

  5. Protection From Trauma
  6. Wearing dental guards, as needed, will help prevent your veneers from getting chipped or worn out. An athletic mouthguard is appropriate if you play contact sports. If you struggle with nighttime teeth-grinding and clenching (called bruxism), a nightguard can help prevent damaging your veneers.

    Additionally, other than regular chewing of food, don’t use your teeth to open bottles, tear packages open, or chew pencils, pens, ice, hard candy, or jawbreakers. These activities can chip and damage your veneers.

  7. Tobacco Products
  8. Tobacco products can stain and yellow your veneers and any natural teeth you have. Cigarettes and other tobacco products can also result in bad breath, poor healing, and oral cancer. Quit as soon as possible to protect your oral health and your overall health!

Your Cosmetic Dentist in Canton, GA

Dental veneers are a long-term solution for you to have a perfect smile. Our experienced team at Riverstone Dental Care can help you decide if veneers are a good option for your smile goals. Contact our office to learn more about our cosmetic dental services! We also offer relaxing sedation dentistry and general, restorative, periodontal, and emergency dental services to suit your family’s oral healthcare needs.

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