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How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last? Are Veneers Permanent?

PORCELAIN

How long do porcelain veneers last? If you are considering porcelain veneers, this article is for you.

Looking like natural teeth, porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials.

Their main function is to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance. These are bonded to the dental structure, changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Porcelain veneers, compared to resin veneers, resist stains better and are more suitable to simulate the light, reflecting properties of natural teeth.

They can be used for:

  • Stained teeth that can’t be whitening by bleaching.
  • Chipped teeth.
  • Misshapen teeth.
  • Uneven spaces or significant gaps between your teeth.

 

How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?

 

porcelain veneers

 

Porcelain veneers tend to last an average of ten years, and in some exceptional cases, they can still look great after 15 years, this with proper maintenance.

The longevity of this comes down to the patient’s habits and oral care routine. 

Depending on the type of damage or wear, they incur, veneers may need cosmetic repair or full replacement. 

Your dentist will always tell you what types of habits shorten the life of veneers. But are pretty much the same ones that can wreck your natural teeth. 

Porcelain veneers can crack and chip like real teeth. So, biting down on certain foods, such as ice and hard foods or objects, can ruin them. 

They need proper care because they are capable of staining just as natural teeth. So better watch your coffee, wine, or tea intake, just as the American Dental Association recommends.

 

Tips to Keep Your Porcelain Veneers Clean

 

It’s a matter of how, yes, but it’s also a matter of constant practice, so this eventually becomes a habit, and taking good care of our Porcelain Veneers can come as an automatic instinct. 

Our advice to properly clean and care for your porcelain veneers: 

 

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene

 

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Keep your mouth clean so that you can maintain good oral health.

Essential steps that everyone must apply: 

Brush, floss, and rinse after every meal, or at least twice daily. 

But for those who have Porcelain Veneers, softness, and treating them with kindness are keys to maintenance and longevity. 

  • A soft-bristle brush is necessary; this way, you don’t damage your veneers, preventing them from breaking.
  • Non Abrasive Toothpaste is necessary because if not, it can wear away the glossy sheen of your veneers, giving a dull appearance to your smile.

Let’s remember that Abrasivity in toothpaste is measured on a scale called RDA – Relative Dentin Abrasivity

  • Low abrasive toothpaste: 0–70 RDA
  • Moderately abrasive toothpaste: 70–100 RDA
  • Highly abrasive toothpaste: 100–150
  • Harmfully abrasive toothpaste: 150+

 

Be very aware of these data when you’re purchasing your toothpaste.

 

  • Clean gently. Your Porcelain Veneers, as we said, need softly and gentle cleaning; this way, you can prevent potential chips and cracks.

This will help reduce your risk of gum disease and prevent them from receding and exposing your veneer’s tops.

  • Floss gently. Do not be aggressive in removing particles stuck on your teeth. As per dentists in Makati, organic dental floss made from bamboo fiber and activated charcoal is better for porcelain veneers. They are softer and helps clean the areas where your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Rinse. Using mouthwash is not a regular habit in most people; however, it is a must for veneers. Why? Because it kills germs that can cause gum disease that would eventually expose the tops of your veneers. 

 

Other benefits that mouthwash brings you are reducing cavities and plaque buildup, along with teeth whitening and veneers maintenance. 

 

  • Switch to a whitening toothpaste.

To prevent your porcelain veneers from becoming stained or discolored, brush them with whitening toothpaste. When you first get veneers, your dental professional will match the veneer color to the rest of your natural teeth. 

  • Limit exposure to tooth-staining foods and drinks.

You should avoid the following: 

  • Soda.
  • Coffee.
  • Tea.
  • Wine.

This should be kept to a minimum. When these foods and drinks are consumed, brush or rinse your mouth soon after eating/drinking to avoid staining. 

 

Avoid Cigarettes And Tobacco Products

 

woman smoking

 

Along with being a danger to your health, it can also reduce your porcelain veneers’ durability and beauty. 

These items contain nicotine, which can quickly turn your white veneers yellow.

  • Regular Check-ups

Best for last and following these home care tips, you should also visit your dentist at least every six months for a check-up and cleaning. 

This is important, so your dentist will examine your porcelain veneer’s condition and make any adjustments as needed. 

Okay, now that you know the habits you need to practice constantly to maintain your porcelain veneers, it’s time for you to know what to expect. 

 

 

 1.- You need to go with the experts in the matter

To get impressive results, you have to meditate your choice and go with the real experts, which is an actual severe dental procedure. 

Ensure you’re able to see theirs before and after in other patients. Their work ten years later will give you certainty.

It’s essential to feel secure because getting porcelain veneers taken out is not a fun experience.

 

 2.- You don’t have to veneer all of your teeth.

It depends a lot on the situation, but doing all of your teeth is not necessary. Your needs, the circumstances, and your budget will determine that. 

 

3.-You have to try on a temporary veneer 

After you discuss your needs, temporary versions will be necessary.

They are made out of a liquid composite and won’t be as shiny as the porcelain veneer, but don’t worry; they’re only for a short time.

You get to wear them for seven to 10 until the porcelain veneers are ready to fit them to your teeth once more to make sure they’re a perfect match.

 

4.-You can either get a partial or full veneer 

As we said, you can cover your entire tooth or just a part, and every case is different. 

One alternative is that the porcelain may have been put right on top of your teeth. 

If it’s a full veneer, you will require at the very most .5 millimeters of reduction for full coverage.

 

5.- Specialists use local anesthesia to numb you

It is a multi-hour application process, and it is used both for partial or full veneers. 

Think of it as plastic surgery for your teeth. 

The number of veneers you require will determine the hours you’ll be in the chair and give you some perspective. Ten teeth work takes about 3 hours to get done.

 

6.- Your dentist in Tijuana will use bonding cement to adhere the veneer onto each tooth

Bonding cement is a substance that microscopically creates bridges from your real tooth to the porcelain; this way, it adheres to your tooth and becomes one.

After it, the bonding cement is cured with a tiny UV light to secure everything in place. 

 

7.- Patients can experience bonding sensitivity and sore gums

Fifty percent of patients get bonding sensitivity. It consists of a reaction between your teeth and the bonding cement, along with sore gums. 

Some symptoms are: 

  • Extreme pain after the anesthesia wears off
  • Dull pain that comes in waves
  • Zings of pain in the adjustment period
  • Sore Gums

 

Porcelain Veneers to Enhance your Smile!

 

 

Porcelain veneers make you look like you have a straight smile without using braces. This cosmetic solution helps your smile go from “meh” to “awesome.”

Teeth whitening can easily help your teeth look whiter and brighter. However, if you want to enhance them for a long time, the best thing to do is consider a different solution.

Veneers are a great way to address the many issues you have with your smile. This treatment is the perfect way to achieve comprehensive aesthetic teeth improvement without undergoing several different procedures.

Trust Dental Care offers high-end dental procedures at our dental office in Tijuana.

And our specialists can determine if this approach, or a different one, can help meet your expectations.

 

 

Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio
Dr. Cirenia Aparicio Miranda is our dentist in Tijuana and is hands down the best Mexico dentist.Distinguished by being one of the few members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda ́s work is synonymous with excellence and quality.She is a Mexico dentist accredited by the AACD and U.S. licensed dentist. With over 20 years of experience in the field of dentistry, Dr. Aparicio Miranda has changed the lives of thousands through her devotion to Dentistry and tender care.

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