Veneers are a popular option to treat cosmetic issues like discoloration or slightly misaligned teeth. Many of our patients want to know how long their veneers will last, so let’s explore if veneers are permanent and how to take care of them.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Veneers need to be replaced eventually, and the procedure is irreversible. As part of the prep process for veneers, your tooth’s enamel will be worn down to allow adherence to the veneer. Enamel can’t grow back, so veneers are a lifelong commitment.
If you take care of your veneers properly, you won’t have to replace them for as long as 10 years.
How Should I Take Care of My Veneers?
You can clean your veneers in the same way as the rest of your natural teeth. You should brush your teeth in the morning and evening for two minutes. Don’t forget to floss to remove plaque between your teeth.
It’s also important to have a routine dental appointment every six months. A dental examination will include evaluating the veneer and ensuring it’s in good condition. Visiting the dentist regularly can help spot problems early in development, which is usually cheaper and easier to treat.
You should also avoid certain food to take care of your veneers. You don’t want to bite into hard or sticky food since it could damage your veneers. You may want to avoid chewing gum, biting ice, and not use your teeth as a tool to open bottles.
If you play sports, you may want to consider getting a mouthguard. A mouthguard can absorb shock and help prevent damage to your teeth and veneers.
All of these tips will help ensure that you can use your veneers for as long as possible.
Veneers at Edgewater Dental Arts
Our team is one of the most trusted for cosmetic dentistry in the Annapolis area. We offer porcelain veneers and resin-based composite veneers to ensure that you have the best look for your smile. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment and discuss if veneers are the right fit for you.