Preserving the look and integrity of your smile is an important factor for many patients, and finding an option that will help them achieve this can be a daunting task. That’s why many of our patients at Hill Dental Studio turn to porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin pieces of porcelain which are bonded to the outside surface of a person’s natural teeth. The veneers help create a more polished smile and provide strength to the natural tooth.
But patients often ask how long they can expect porcelain veneers to last. The answer? It depends. Several factors can impact their longevity:
Oral Hygiene Porcelain veneers experience the same wear and tear as natural teeth. Because of this, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene and keep up with routine exams and dental cleanings. Maintaining a thorough dental regimen, which includes frequent brushing and flossing, will help prevent decay from forming around the veneer.
Initial Application Veneers are permanently bonded to your natural teeth, so the application process is an integral part in preserving the longevity of the veneers. Quality materials and bonding solutions are vital components to ensuring porcelain veneers can stand the test of time. Additionally, choosing a dentist who is skilled in this procedure is equally important.
Bruxism Patients who suffer from bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, are typically not good candidates for veneers. The damage that teeth grinding can do to a person’s natural teeth can also happen to veneers. In certain cases, the use of a nightguard may be an appropriate preventative measure for bruxism patients who are interested in veneers. Talk with your dentist to determine if this might be a viable option for you.
Porcelain veneer can last for many years if cared for properly. In fact, this long-lasting option has even been known to last upwards of twenty years. However, it’s important to remember that while today’s porcelain veneers are made of strong, durable material, they are subject to the same vulnerabilities as natural teeth.
If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, contact our office at 469-656-4516 to schedule your consult.