Everyone wants to have a bright smile, and for some people, veneers are the ideal solution to regain a beautiful natural smile. If you are considering getting veneers because you have chipped, missing, stained or irregular teeth, these custom-made thin shells are an ideal solution. In this article, you will discover how veneers are made, how long they last, and how to maintain them.
Frequently asked questions about veneers: Are veneers permanent? What is the lifespan of veneers? According to the Dentoplus dental center, the lifespan of ceramic dental veneers is ten years. But it is possible to double this “life expectancy” by following the recommendations of the dental surgeon. Most of the veneers are made of porcelain, which provides excellent aesthetics and very good longevity.
What is a facet?
Although you may associate veneers with the “Hollywood smile”, they are one of the most common ways to correct missing, stained, or chipped teeth. Veneers are thin shells bonded to the front of the teeth.
The procedure is relatively simple: after the dentist and you have determined that veneers are a good solution, the dentist makes impressions of the teeth. They will be used to make a model used to then make the veneers. The dentist uses a color chart to determine the color of the veneers so that they match the color of the adjacent teeth and look natural. Once finalized, the facets are glued.
The Doctissimo site specifies that the laying of veneers often requires cutting the teeth and that in all cases, the enamel is partially eliminated to allow the glue to adhere, which makes the treatment irreversible, forcing veneers to be worn. for life. This means that if you need to remove a veneer, you will have to replace it with another.
Proper maintenance of veneers increases their lifespan. Take care of your veneers like you take care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is essential. To prevent the facets from breaking, avoid biting into hard foods and ice cubes. Just like natural teeth, veneers can stain, so avoid consuming foods and beverages that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and blueberries.
Make the Veneers Last
What is the lifespan of porcelain veneers? To get the most out of your veneers (and your dazzling smile), you need to take care of them. Here are some tips for caring for your veneers:
- Avoid Grinding Your Teeth: Do you usually grind your teeth or clench your teeth? Your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard at night so as not to damage your veneers.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly: this advice is easy to implement. Be sure to brush your teeth and floss or use an interdental brush between your teeth regularly. Also, don’t forget to consult your dentist if you have any problems.
- Wear a mouthguard: If you play sports, consider wearing a mouthguard to prevent any cracks or chips.
- Do not bite hard surfaces: Never use your teeth, including those covered with a veneer, to open packages or untie knots, as this may damage the veneers.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your teeth, veneers can be a great, long-lasting solution to correcting aesthetic issues and allowing you to smile more often, brighter, and with confidence. If you are interested in the possibility of veneers, talk to your dentist for more information.
This article aims to help you better understand oral health in general. It does not in any way replace the advice, diagnosis, and treatment that can be given by a professional. Always consult your dentist or another qualified healthcare professional if you have any questions about a condition or treatment.