If you take proper care of your veneers, you can expect them to last 10 to 15 years. That may be a long time, but it is not a lifetime. Your veneers are not meant to last forever. Over time, they may become discolored, or chip, and it is possible that the dental cement may wear away. But you can take steps to make sure that you get the most out of them.
First, you need to make certain that you brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day, The veneers themselves will not get cavities, but the teeth that they cover can still be subject to tooth decay. Brushing and flossing will prevent gum disease, and your veneers won’t do you much good if you lose your teeth! Visiting your dentist twice a year for your routine cleanings and exams will not only keep your teeth and mouth in good shape, but will also give your dentist a chance to check your veneers to see if they need to be repaired or replaced.
If you grind or clench your teeth, which is known as bruxism, you can easily damage your veneers. If you eat hard foods, or chew on ice, you can crack or chip your veneers. Likewise, chewing on a pen while you are at work, or using your teeth instead of scissors to open a package can cause your veneers to crack or chip. Your veneers can stain if you eat or drink dark-colored foods and beverages, so you should limit your intake of them or avoid them when you can. If they do stain, your dentist will have to correct the shading by polishing the veneers, since the stains cannot be fixed with a whitening treatment.
If you have a minor problem with your smile and would like to talk with our dentist, Dr. John Lee about dental veneers, we would love to meet with you. If you live in the Fresno, California, area and would like to make an appointment at John Lee, DDS call 559-439-9621 today.