Dental Veneers: How Long do They Last?


Dental veneers are an ideal solution for those who have missing, chipped or discolored teeth. Dental veneers are made from porcelain and offer a great opportunity to regain that perfect smile. Knowing all of the information regarding dental veneers will help aid in deciding whether or not they are right for you. 

Dental veneers are not only great for evening out the teeth and concealing the flawed parts, but are also great when it comes to closing gaps left by crooked or uneven teeth. Veneers are also an excellent choice for those looking to improve the shape of their teeth. The fact that unlike crowns, veneers need very little maintenance or alteration of your natural teeth; appeals to a lot of patients.

The main question that a lot of patients raise when they come across dental veneers is, how long do they last? The consensus among professionals is that veneers should serve a patient perfectly for at least a decade. Patients can therefore relax and enjoy their lives without worrying about the state of their smile.

The 10-year guarantee does not rule out the possibility of accidents occurring as well as wear and tear. It is therefore important to observe great care in order for your veneers to last. Damaging habits such as sipping on large amounts of coffee, wine, and tea as well as the constant biting of hard nuts and such like substances is therefore discouraged.

Dental veneers for front teeth are just as vulnerable as natural teeth; they are also susceptible to wear and tear, as well as violent blows. Patients should, therefore, take great care to ensure the longevity of their veneers from the day that they get installed.

Ensuring that your veneers live up to their longevity as advised, involves good practices such as:

Basic hygiene

One way to ensure the longevity of a set of veneers is by observing basic hygiene by brushing the teeth after meals or twice daily. It is also advisable to brush the teeth after taking substances that can easily lead to teeth degradation such as coffee, tea, and wine. Basic hygiene also includes that of flossing properly each day. Ensuring that there aren't leftover food remains in between veneers or natural teeth is crucial in maintaining basic dental hygiene. 

Avoiding unruly behavior

A less touted method of keeping the teeth safe is by staying away from any activity that could lead to damage. Any time that a person is involved in a contact sport, they should ensure that their mouth is fully protected. If a person is to get dental veneers then they should do everything to ensure that they aren't damaged from any physical force, like that in contact sports. 

Get some protective gear

Having on protective gear while engaging in physically demanding sports such as rugby, football and soccer is a great way to keep those dental veneers safe from damage. Protective mouth gear, in general, is a great idea whether it be to protect the teeth during sports or from teeth grinding in the night. 

Avoid grinding of the teeth

Dental veneers at times suffer quick wear and tear due to bruxism. This is caused by the grinding of teeth which happens most of the time when one is sound asleep. If unchecked, it will definitely lead to cracked veneers soon enough.

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