Porcelain veneers are a versatile treatment that can be used in many different ways in cosmetic dentistry. They can cover minor surface damage on the teeth or severe discoloration, and can even be used to correct small gaps between the teeth. They are long-lasting, and can keep your smile bright and perfect for many years if you take care of them properly.
Durability of Porcelain
Veneers are made of porcelain, which is very durable after it is bonded to the tooth surfaces. It closely resembles natural tooth enamel, so your restorations aren’t immediately obvious as they can be with more opaque materials such as that used for crowns. If you take good care of them, they will last for many years—as long as ten years or even longer. [pullquote]If you take good care of them, veneers will last for many years—as long as ten years or even longer.[/pullquote]
Porcelain is an excellent medium for dental restorations both because it is durable and because it reflects light like natural enamel. It can be used for other types of restoration as well, including crowns and fillings.
Caring for Veneers
Your cosmetic dentist will provide instructions on how to take care of your veneer after it has been placed. Some things to be careful about include:
- Be sure your dental hygienist knows you have restorations
- Avoid biting hard objects that can chip the edges of the porcelain
- Avoid foods and beverages that can create permanent stains
If a veneer is chipped or cracked, it might need to be completely replaced to restore your smile. Unlike your natural enamel, porcelain does not respond to whitening agents, so if you stain your restorations, you will not be able to have them whitened. It is also important to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly to prevent decay from developing along the edges of the veneer or even behind it.
If you have concerns about how long a veneer might last, or are unsure how to take care of your restorations, please contact the office of Dr. Nicholas Kemp to schedule an appointment or a consultation.