Porcelain Veneers Aftercare: Tips for Smile Makeover Patients By Michael Bixby on September 07, 2014

A woman looks up and smiles in a white roomHere at the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry, we use the latest cosmetic and restorative procedures available in order to give the people of Red Bank the smiles that they deserve. One such treatment that's worked wonders for so many is porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that mask cosmetic imperfections including chips, cracks, stains, gaps, and misalignment.

Many patients have asked us how long their porcelain veneers last and what they can do to make them last their longest. Let's answer these common questions right now.

How long will my porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers are quite durable, but they are not totally indestructible. In fact, they are susceptible to many of the same causes of tooth damage as your natural teeth are. This includes:

  • Damage due to injury
  • Damage due to tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Damage due to normal wear and tear

With that in mind, porcelain veneers have been shown to last roughly 10 years before they need replacement. The the life of your porcelain veneers can be extended or prolonged by following these tips below.

Brush and Floss Properly

The basics are still the best when it comes to good dental health. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth at least once a night. Ideally you should brush and floss after every meal if you want to have the best possible dental health.

Visit Your Dentist for Regular Checkups

Seeing your dentist twice a year means that you will have any urgent or developing dental problems addressed as soon as possible. This includes preventing tooth decay, dealing with chips and cracks, and also treating anything that may lead to porcelain veneer damage before it becomes an issue.

Wear Mouth Protection When Playing Sports

Injuries to the head and mouth can cause chips and cracks to occur. One of the best ways to protect your porcelain veneers, your teeth, and your tongue is to wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports or combat sports. The proper head protection is good as well to avoid other injuries. Playing it safe is just common sense.

Do Not Chew on Inedible Objects

Bad habits such as chewing on pens, fingernails, and other objects that aren't meant to be chewed on are a recipe for tooth damage and veneer wear. Kick the habit and improve your dental health for years to come.

Be Wary of Substances That Cause Tooth Stains/Discoloration

While your porcelain veneers are stain resistant, the surrounding tooth structure is still subject to stains and discoloration. Coffee, red wine, tea, tobacco products, and other common causes of stains won't do damage to the veneers, but porcelain veneers may need to be removed in order to perform teeth whitening treatment and other restorative procedures. Just keep that in mind when dealing with substances that lead to stains.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have the smile of your dreams, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry looks forward to you visit and helping you achieve excellent dental health and a beautiful smile.

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Dr. Michael Bixby has been providing comprehensive dental services to patients in the Red Bank area since 1998. He is proud to be affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines

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