At Dr. Rick Dentistry, we understand that even the slightest flaw in your teeth can detract from the beauty of your smile. That's why we offer cosmetic dentistry solutions, including dental veneers, which instantly deliver stunning results. It's important to keep in mind, though, that veneers, just like most restorations, can sustain damage or can wear out, meaning they may require replacement. Caring for your veneers will help ensure you enjoy your perfect smile for years to come!
Why Choose Veneers?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin porcelain shells that are custom-made to fit over the visible surfaces of your teeth. When bonded, they correct any imperfections with the color, shape, length, or size of teeth, instantly delivering a beautiful, natural appearance. Veneers are the cosmetic dentistry treatment of choice to correct stained, discolored, cracked, broken, chipped, gapped, or misaligned teeth. They are mainly used for cosmetic purposes, but can also be used to correct an uneven bite or to protect the surfaces of worn down or damaged teeth.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
Dental veneers are durable, and typically last 10 to 15 years with proper care, with some even lasting up to 20 years. Depending on the type of damage or wear your veneers incur, they may need cosmetic repair or full replacement. The better you care for them and protect them, the longer they will continue to enhance your smile.
Caring for Your Veneers
While natural wear may occur, caring for your veneers can help prolong their life and keep your smile healthy for years to come. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss daily to prevent cavities and gum disease. Make sure you use non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching your veneers. Keeping your mouth healthy can help prolong the life of your porcelain veneers.
Refrain from using your teeth as tools, and don't chew on pen caps, fingernails, or any hard objects to avoid chipping or cracking your veneers as well as your natural teeth. Consider wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports to help protect your veneers from chips or fractures. If you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep, a condition called bruxism, talk to Dr. Rick about getting a nighttime mouthguard to avoid damaging your veneers as well as protecting your oral health.
Make sure to schedule your regular dental cleanings and exams every six months. That will allow us to inspect your veneers and other restorations to ensure they are free of damage.
Do Your Veneers Need Replacement?
Your veneers will need repair or replacement if they are chipped, cracked, or worn down, or if decay develops underneath them. Over time, the dental cement used to bond your restorations may loosen, allowing bacteria and plaque access to your tooth. Loose veneers will need replacement to prevent damage or decay to the underlying teeth.
Sometimes veneers require replacement due to dental stains. While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, neighboring teeth may discolor over time, which can result in a noticeable difference between the color of the restorations and your natural teeth. Replacing the veneers will help ensure even tooth color.
Maintain Your Beautiful Smile
Contact Dr. Rick Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ to learn more about caring for your dental veneers and to determine whether they need replacement. We are here to help you achieve and maintain the beautiful smile you've always wanted! Call us today!