We love helping patients make improvements to the appearance of their smile. There are several ways we can do this, from whitening teeth to covering one or more teeth with porcelain veneers. These two treatments represent the immense value that there is to be found in cosmetic dentistry. When we perform veneer treatment, it is important to us that the value of results be extended as long as possible.
If you are considering porcelain veneer treatment, one of your biggest questions may be how long veneers will last. The basic answer is that veneers can last from 7 to 15 years. That’s the basics, though. The more direct answer is that what you do to maintain your veneers will also impact longevity.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
The veneering process does not have to be as involved as porcelain veneers are. Dr. Goldberg also has vast experience using composite resin and the direct veneer technique. One of the reasons that patients may choose the indirect veneer technique and porcelain material is because porcelain is so lifelike. The veneer made of porcelain can be customized to an exact replica of a natural tooth, only perfected to the ideal shape and size. Porcelain is translucent, to the edges of veneered teeth remain authentic in their appearance. Finally, porcelain is highly refractive so teeth that are veneered shine as one would expect.
Getting porcelain veneers takes time; at least two office visits. There is a need to have temporary veneers affixed for the interim between preparation and seating of final veneers. There is also a need for ongoing maintenance because, if a veneer chips or breaks, replacement is necessary. With that in mind, most patients immediately wonder what they have to do to keep their veneers in the best condition.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
One of the important aspects of porcelain veneers that needs to be understood is that porcelain is no different than enamel when it comes to wear and tear. The fact is, porcelain can wear down over time. The degree of deterioration depends on how you use your teeth. If you bite on hard objects (including certain foods), your veneers will be more susceptible to damage.
The long-term success of porcelain veneers is also at the mercy of your general oral health. We encourage patients who are interested in veneers to develop mindful oral care practices that include consistency in brushing and flossing. Veneers have margins where their edges meet enamel. If flossing is not a consistent habit, debris and bacteria can collect along the margin line, increasing the risk of decay.