Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment that can correct a wide variety of minor issues with your smile. Our dental office can help answer any of your questions about cosmetic dentistry in Toronto, including porcelain veneers and how they can help you regain your self-confidence.
Strength of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are very thin and delicate before they are applied to the teeth, but after the dentist bonds them to the tooth’s surface, they become strong and durable. If they are well cared for, porcelain veneers can last many years, keeping your smile perfect and beautiful.
The adhesive used to attach the veneers to your teeth also helps them bond strongly to the enamel. Because of this strong bond, veneers become durable and long-lasting. The better you take care of them, of course, the longer they will last. In ideal circumstances, they can last as long as ten, fifteen, or even twenty years.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
When you receive your veneers, your dentist will provide special instructions on how to take care of them. In general, teeth treated with veneers can be brushed and flossed just like the rest of your teeth. When you have your teeth professionally cleaned, though, you should be sure to tell the hygienist that you have veneers. Some tools and cleansing agents are too abrasive for veneers, and can cause damage.
In addition, you should avoid biting hard objects, such as ice or writing utensils. This can chip the edges of the veneers. Staining agents can also lead to discoloration of your veneers, so it is important to avoid foods or beverages that could cause staining. You should also be sure to visit your dentist regularly to be sure no decay develops along the edges of the veneers or beneath them.
Following the directions of your dentist will help ensure that your veneers will last a long time and remain intact and attractive. If you have any questions about dental veneers or how to care for them, please contact our office at 416.922.1012.