Maintaining Porcelain Veneers for Long-Term Benefit
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
There has always been a lot of value in cosmetic dentistry. Patients who choose to invest in their smiles typically do not second-guess their decision. Once they have the radiant, straight, and perfect teeth they have imagined, there is no looking back. Many years ago, the primary form of cosmetic dentistry was tooth replacement with dentures. Then, we saw the trend of capping front teeth with gold crowns. That was a fun one! Today, the value of cosmetic treatments lies in the long-lasting results that can be achieved with procedures like porcelain veneers.
About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are artificial covers that are made to enhance one or more teeth. These covers are made in a dental lab, so are referred to as indirect veneers. When returned to our office, the sheaths of durable porcelain will reflect the ideal shade, shape, and size that we have requested to achieve a specific goal. Some of the common corrections that are made of porcelain veneers include brighter, more consistent coloring, the elimination of visible damage such as a chip, and a greater appearance of alignment.
How Long Veneers Last Is Up to You
To makeover your smile with porcelain veneers, you’re making an investment into yourself that you want to pay off in the long run. Standard porcelain veneers are ultra-strong and able to handle normal biting and chewing. Normal biting and chewing. The tensile strength of veneers is slightly susceptible. Therefore, it is suggested that patients with veneers avoid biting and twisting, such as biting off a piece of taffy. Optimal usage includes nothing more than normal biting and chewing. It’s that simple.
In optimal situations, where teeth are not used to open packages, chew on pen caps or ice, and are well cared for, veneers can last up to 15 years. This is an easy stage to set. In addition to being mindful of how you use your teeth, you also need to be mindful about oral care.
Brushing and flossing are as vital to the longevity of veneers as these habits are to sustaining long-term oral health. This is great news because you’re already brushing and flossing your teeth before veneers, so your “homework” is to continue these healthy habits. Flossing is especially important for veneer success because this practice removes debris from the margins where porcelain and enamel come together. Without adequate flossing, plaque may form at the margins, creating an increased risk for decay.
With veneer maintenance such an easy feat, there is nothing to stand in your way of getting the smile of your dreams. Learn more about this treatment from your accredited cosmetic dentist. Call our Clyde, NC office at (828) 627-9282.
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