When it comes to treating cosmetic problems affecting the smile, one of the best options is porcelain veneers. Dr. Steven M. Balloch uses porcelain veneers to treat cosmetic chips, cracks, stains, and gaps, achieving remarkable smile makeover results.
Before getting porcelain veneers, many of our Glastonbury, CT patients ask us how long they will last and what they should do for proper aftercare. We’d like to take a moment to address both of these concerns.
How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?
On average, porcelain veneers last about 10 years. Sometimes patients are able to extend the life of their porcelain veneers just a bit, but a decade of use is pretty common. By the end of a porcelain veneer’s lifespan, it will usually look worn and require replacement.
Causes of Porcelain Veneer Damage
Even though porcelain veneers are durable, they are subject to wear and tear just like your natural teeth. Some common causes of porcelain veneer damage include:
- Normal biting and chewing
- Physical trauma and accidents
- Aggressive brushing and flossing
In addition to the above, fractures or decay to the underlying tooth structure beneath the porcelain veneer will often require the veneer to be removed for treatment to be performed.
Proper Oral Hygiene Is Key
After getting porcelain veneers at our Glastonbury dental practice, we tell patients that proper oral hygiene is essential for long-lasting results. That means brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a night, and visiting the dentist twice a year for regular checkups.
Using the Right Toothpaste
Brushing is important, but the toothpaste you use can make a major difference. Abrasive toothpastes and toothpastes with whitening ingredients can do damage to porcelain veneers over time, shortening their lifespan. We recommend that patients use non-abrasive gel toothpastes. Some toothpastes will even say they are made for people with cosmetic dental work.
Using the Ideal Toothbrush
Your toothbrush matters just as much as your toothpaste. A toothbrush with stiff, hard bristles can wear down tooth structure and porcelain veneers. Try to use soft-bristled toothbrushes instead, and be sure to be thorough but gentle whenever you brush your teeth.
Food and Beverage Suggestions
Your diet can make a difference for the longevity of your porcelain veneers, at least in the stain department. Your veneers won’t stain, but the tooth structure under the veneers and your adjacent teeth can. Be wary of coffee, red wine, soft drinks, and other foods and drinks that cause stains. When possible, use a straw to bypass your teeth.
Avoid Bad Habits
Smoking, chomping on ice cubes, biting your nails, and chewing on drinking straws can all lead to tooth damage and chipped veneers if you aren’t careful. Be sure to avoid these bad habits to ensure proper dental health for years to come.
Wear Mouth and Head/Face Protection
If you participate in contact sports or play contact sports, wearing mouth protection can make a major difference. Consider wear a retainer when competing or training. Any applicable helmets and face masks should also be worn as a precaution.
Replacing Old Dental Veneers
If you have old veneers in need of replacement, you can visit our Glastonbury practice. We will remove and replace old porcelain veneers, helping your smile look brand new.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
For more information about porcelain veneers and why they may be the best option for your smile makeover needs, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Dr. Balloch and his team can be reached by phone at (860) 659-8660.