Dental veneers can be a great investment. They can dramatically change the appearance of your smile, essentially giving you an entirely new smile. If you want brighter, straighter, taller, better proportioned teeth, veneers can do it all in one procedure. And, as a result, you can enjoy a better quality of life with the smile of your dreams.
Plus, veneers can be very long-lasting. You may enjoy the results of your procedure for 20 years or more. But not all veneers are going to last as long. Follow these five tips if you want to make sure your veneers last as long as possible.
Choose the Right Dentist
Your dentist will make the biggest difference in the longevity of your veneers. When you’re selecting a dentist, make sure you choose one whose training and experience give you confidence in their ability to give you attractive, long-lasting results.
Read reviews of a dentist. Look at their smile gallery. Talk to former patients if you can.
We also recommend that you choose a neuromuscular dentist. These dentists are trained to understand the system of your bite. They have the tools to precisely measure your bite to ensure that veneers aren’t subjected to excessive force that can make them more likely to chip, crack, or wear down.
Choose the Right Materials
These days, veneers can be made from many different materials. Ideally, the material you choose for your veneers should be:
- Stain resistant
In the past, materials could have only one, or, at most, two of these traits. But, today, there is no need to make compromises with your veneers. You can have it all. The tradeoff is that these materials may be more expensive. But you will see the value of your choice when you get veneers you love and enjoy them for years, even decades.
Maintain Them Properly
When you invest in veneers, it’s important to take proper care of them to make sure they last as long as possible. Fortunately, when you choose quality veneers, maintenance is pretty easy. Just brush with an approved toothpaste twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months or as recommended.
With modern veneers, the concern is as much about the tooth under the veneer as for the veneer. The veneer protects part of the tooth, but you can’t take this as an excuse to not perform proper hygiene. Take care of the tooth, and, by and large, the veneer will take care of itself.
However, there are some situations where your veneers might need a little extra protection. If you know you have bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding), we’ll recommend a night guard to protect your veneers while you sleep.
Also, make sure you wear a proper mouthguard whenever you participate in competitive sports, even if the sport is supposed to be “non-contact.” When people compete, they want to win, and that can often lead to accidents.
Avoid Bad Habits
Some habits can also be damaging to your veneers. Biting and chewing things other than food is probably the worst habit for your veneers. Don’t bite your nails, pens, ice, or anything else as a nervous habit.
Cigarette smoking is also bad for your veneers, mostly because it’s bad for your teeth. Because of the way smoke enters your mouth and all the heat-activated chemicals it contains, it can stain veneers more than foods. So try to quit smoking.
We Strive for the Longest-Lasting Veneers
At Beyond Exceptional Dentistry, we want to create veneers that exceed your expectations. They should be more attractive, more comfortable, and longer-lasting than you thought they would be. We are continually improving our approach to veneers to ensure that we always deliver what we believe is the best possible results.