How long can you expect your veneers to last? That is a great question! It does not, however, have a simple answer. While research indicates that a 10-year lifespan for veneers can be expected, a lot depends on the quality of the initial work and ongoing patient compliance. There are many factors relating to long-term success of dental veneers. Some of them are in our hands, and some of them are in yours!
We achieve the very best long-term success of veneers by working closely together to maintain the veneers’ optimal condition.
Success Factors in the Dentist’s Hands
There are a few determinants of success for dental veneers that rest solely in the hands of your dentist.
Performing the Actual Veneer Procedures with Excellence
Long-lasting veneers start with great technical work by the dentist and dental lab technician. This is where choosing a dentist with a noteworthy cosmetic dentistry reputation comes in. Your dentist should have both education and experience in this area. Cosmetic dentistry is NOT a focus of the typical dental school education, and dentists must seek out additional training in this area to be excellent cosmetic dentists.
Our dentists are both highly trained in cosmetic dentistry and committed to advancing their knowledge and skills in cosmetic dentistry through continuing education.
The actual quality of the dental work will play a large part in determining how long the veneers last. Choosing a dentist who performs cosmetic dentistry with excellence is a key factor in the long-term success of that dentistry. So, if you’re looking for a dentist who places veneers in Pensacola, check out our reviews, and schedule a consultation so we can see if you’re a good candidate.
Recognizing Potential Risk Factors
It is the dentist’s responsibility to recognize your unique risk factors that could affect the long-term success of your dental veneers. These risk factors include things like your tendency toward cavities, acidic damage to the enamel, teeth grinding, and bad habits like ice chewing or using your teeth as tools.
Let’s say your dentist places porcelain veneers on your eight front teeth with complete perfection. The veneers fit perfectly and look beautiful. Many people mistakenly assume that the work is “done,” forgetting the most important aspect of long-term success: MAINTENANCE!
Maintaining beautiful veneers means being aware of the possible complications that could arise at any point in their lifespan. We will tell you what these complications are and then move forward with the next step.
Giving You the Tools to Address Risk Factors
It is not enough to simply know what your risk factors are. You have to address them. Your dentist will give you the tools necessary to address them.
Some of these tools may be important preventive maintenance you, as the patient, perform. (These will be listed under the section below.) Others will be preventive dentistry your dentist will perform.
For instance, if your risk factor is a high for cavities, we will recommend a professional fluoride treatment at each teeth-cleaning visit. Fluoride is an important tool in fighting acid damage to enamel.
If you show signs of clenching or grinding your teeth, an important preventive tool is a professional nightguard. Even if you do not show signs of heavy forces, a nightguard is a wonderful way to protect the dental work you have just invested in!
Success Factors in the Patient’s Hands
Now here are the things your dentist cannot do for you.
Maintaining Oral Hygiene with Diligence
The most important way you care for and maintain your beautiful porcelain veneers is keeping your teeth clean! When you have invested in a beautiful smile, oral hygiene becomes more important than ever. Here are your oral hygiene must-do’s:
- Brush properly twice daily. We say “properly” because many people do not. Ask your dental hygienist for brushing tips if you’re not sure what that means.
- Floss. Every. Single. Day. Do not miss a day of flossing. Flossing is the only way to remove dangerous bacteria from between the teeth, which is where porcelain veneers are most vulnerable to cavities.
- Use an anti-cavity fluoride mouthrinse. Rinsing with fluoride after brushing and flossing at night helps strengthen your enamel and fight cavities while you sleep!
Following Through with Recommended Preventive Dentistry
As discussed above, your dentist will catch risk factors that threaten the long-term success of your veneers. When preventive dentistry, like professional fluoride treatments or a nightguard, is recommended, it is your responsibility to follow through with that treatment.
Some patients hesitate to spend additional money on dental work after they invest in porcelain veneers. It is important to remember that preventive dental treatment is ALWAYS less expensive than repair work.
Replacing even a single veneer due to cracking or breaking is much more expensive than a professional nightguard. Strengthening your enamel with a professional fluoride treatment is cheaper than a filling to repair a cavity.
Preventive dental work protects and preserves your cosmetic dental work, giving porcelain veneers the longest lifespan possible.
Complying with Home Care Recommendations
One more important note: just purchasing a special recommended mouthrinse is not going to cut it. Getting the prescription for high-fluoride toothpaste filled won’t stop cavities. You have to actually use them consistently and according to your dentist’s instructions.
Following through with a professional nightguard only protects your veneers if you actually wear it every single night.
If you are having trouble complying with our recommendations, come back in for a consultation to discuss how you can make these important tools a non-negotiable part of your maintenance regimen. We are here to help, and we want the best success for your veneers.
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