Achieve Long-lasting Results with Proper Porcelain Veneers Aftercare
Individuals who desire a more balanced, symmetrical, aesthetic smile can often benefit from porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells that adhere to the front surfaces of the teeth to conceal a variety of cosmetic concerns, including chips, discoloration, gapped teeth, and more.
Our team at Heringer Dentistry in Bismarck, ND discusses porcelain veneers aftercare, and explains how you can maintain your new restorations for years to come.
What Is the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers?
Currently, the approximate lifespan of veneers is around 10 years. Because each individual is unique, this timeframe can vary for every patient. In fact, with appropriate maintenance and care, some veneers can last upwards of 15 to 20 years. As dental materials continue to advance, veneers could last even longer.
What Things Can Shorten the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers?
Although dental porcelain is strong and resilient, it is not invulnerable to wear and tear. Normal daily functioning can take a toll on any dental restoration after years of use. Additionally, patients should be aware of these harmful factors:
- Tooth decay: While restorations are impervious to cavities, the underlying tooth structure is not. Therefore, proper hygiene is necessary to keep the teeth healthy. If decay develops, the veneer will need to be removed in order to treat the problem.
- Bruxism: Teeth grinding or clenching can take a serious toll on porcelain veneers as well as the natural teeth.
- Trauma: Falls, accidents, or sports-related injuries can all cause dental damage. Just like natural teeth, porcelain veneers are susceptible to trauma.
- Unnatural or excessive pressure: Using the teeth as tools will inevitably lead to dental injury. If you chew on ice, pens, pencils, or similar objects, it can cause irreversible damage.
- Discoloration: Fortunately, dental porcelain is resistant to staining. However, if food deposits are consistently left on the teeth, veneers can eventually become discolored.
Oral Hygiene 101
Brushing and flossing is necessary for every patient. However, for those with porcelain veneers or other dental restorations, it is even more important.
As time passes, the dental cement used to bond the veneers into place may slightly erode. As a result, bacteria can breed in the crevices. However, proper hygiene can prevent this from occurring.
At bare minimum, patients should brush twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, and floss at least once daily. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as more abrasive brushes can damage the gum tissue. It is also a good idea to rinse twice daily with an ADA-accepted mouthwash.
If you are unable to brush your teeth after every meal, rinse your mouth out with water. This will help remove debris and food particles and deter bacterial buildup.
Protect Your Smile
If you suffer from bruxism, or teeth-grinding, talk to Dr. Heringer about a custom mouth guard before pursuing any cosmetic treatment. Consistent grinding or clenching can lead to a host of serious dental issues, such as tooth erosion, chipping, and even temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). A custom mouth guard will cushion your teeth and keep them slightly apart to prevent damage.
If you play contact sports, an athletic mouth guard is absolutely crucial to preserve your smile. Cosmetic treatments can be costly. Mouth guards can help you protect your investment.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
If you are considering porcelain veneers, or if you have recently had them placed, knowing how to care for them can help you enjoy a long-lasting result. To learn more, contact us online or call us at (701) 255-4850.