How Long do Veneers Generally Last? Important Things to Know

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If you have been thinking about how to take the first steps in a cosmetic makeover, you have undoubtedly decided that it should start with whitening. If you’ve tried doing it yourself with over-the-counter strips, gels, or trays, however, you were undoubtedly disappointed by the results. You may have even tried a professional whitening, in which we can remove as many as eight shades of darkening in an hour in the dental chair. But even then you may have discovered that your teeth were too deeply stained for whitening to remove the stains entirely.

One of the most effective ways to dramatically make your smile more gleaming when other methods fail: dental veneers. Each one is a thin piece of biocompatible material that is placed on the front of a tooth, which is why those who have trouble keeping their teeth beautiful love this solution. Veneers can also cover teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshapen, crooked, too small, worn down, or have gaps between them.

Dental Porcelain Can Last Longer

Veneers are an especially good choice when you consider how long they can last with proper care. Other practices promote veneers made of a composite resin, which is adequate for those on a tight budget, but the far superior material is cosmetic dental porcelain, which has the same translucency as your natural teeth. This is the main type we can provide, since our patients deserve only the best from our Beverly Hills and Thousand Oaks locations. While resin veneers may need some replacement every few years, ones made of dental porcelain can last 10-20 years, depending mostly on how well they are cared for.

Dental Veneers are Durable

That means continuing to spend two minutes after breakfast and dinner thoroughly brushing the front and back of every tooth (though veneers do resist staining much better than natural teeth) and carefully flossing both sides of each one after your last snack. At least twice a year, you also need to have our dental hygienist provide a professional cleaning, since she has the tools and techniques to do a much better job than you can trying to reach those difficult places, as well as anti-bacterial solutions when areas are in trouble. Once a year you should have a digital x-ray to be sure that the underlying jawbone has not been infected by periodontal bacteria.

But veneer durability also depends on breaking or reducing bad habits that impact them, like smoking, chewing on pens or pencils, taking clothing on or off using your teeth, or playing any sport without a personalized mouthguard. You should brush after drinking coffee, tea, red wine, colored sodas and fruit juices, or consuming dark foods, like blueberries and tomatoes. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, jerky, and tough meats. If you know that you grind your teeth at night, have us create a nightguard to wear while you sleep to avoid any possible damage.

Contact our professional dental teams in Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks to learn more about veneers.

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