Posted: April 11, 2018
One of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures is porcelain veneers, due to their strength, durability, and ability to cover a wide variety of imperfections in the teeth. Patients often wonder how long porcelain veneers last, as they can be a substantial upfront investment. Luckily, most porcelain veneers can last for decades with proper care.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers or another type of cosmetic dentistry treatment, please don't hesitate to reach out to Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. John Schmid at 512-329-5967 to schedule your consultation.
Tips for Long-Lasting Porcelain Veneers
The longest lasting porcelain veneers belong to patients who have great oral hygiene and take good care of their teeth. Conversely, if you don't practice good oral hygiene habits and if you skip your biannual cleanings with us, your veneers likely won't last as long.
You can follow these tips to help keep your veneers in good shape:
Brush twice a day
Floss at least once a day
Avoid eating too many sugary or sticky foods
Avoid chewing on ice or other hard substances
Try to limit intake of soda, coffee, wine, and other potentially tooth-staining drinks
Visit Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup
While porcelain veneers don't require special care above and beyond what you would do for your regular teeth, it is very important to maintain good habits so that you don't develop decay. Tooth decay can cause veneers to loosen and come off, in addition to being bad for your normal teeth.
Porcelain veneers are bonded strongly to your teeth, but if you abuse them by eating sticky foods too often or by using them as tools to open packing, they may loosen, break, or fall off.
It is also important that you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Other reasons that veneers may come off include:
Not enough natural tooth enamel to bond the veneer to
If you are a chronic teeth grinder, porcelain veneers (or any other restorative dental work) don’t stand a chance. If you have bruxism but still want to get veneers, talk to Dr. Schmid about the possibility of a night guard to protect your teeth.
A misaligned bite can also be bad news for veneers, so if you have problems with your jaw alignment, Dr. Schmid will want to fix that before placing veneers. There are a number of dental treatments that can help to realign your bite.
Our Porcelain Veneers Guarantee
Porcelain veneers will sometimes come off through no fault of your own. This can happen if, for instance, you were in an accident that resulted in trauma to the jaw. If your porcelain veneers break or come off through no fault of your own within the first 5 years of placement, we will replace the affected veneers for free.
Dr. Schmid stands by his work, and he is confident that his porcelain veneers placement will be strong and secure. Many of his patients have yet to encounter a problem with their veneers, and are still going strong years later.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation
If you are interested in porcelain veneers to create a beautiful smile, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Schmid at Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry by calling 512-329-5967 today. We serve patients in Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, and other nearby areas of Texas.