Porcelain veneers are a great option for improving or restoring the healthy appearance of a smile, and many people in DC opt for porcelain veneers. The lifetime of porcelain veneers depends on how well the patient takes care of them and with the right maintenance and dental care, porcelain veneers can last for many years. Reasons that porcelain veneers sometimes require replacement include decay, damage or cosmetic flaws, but delaying that replacement is often within the power of the patient.
Expected veneers lifespan
It’s impossible to predict precisely how long porcelain veneers will last because every patient is different. Some patients require replacement within a few years while others can go 30+ years without a problem that requires replacement. The average lifespan for porcelain veneers before they require replacement is 10-15 years.
Practice good oral hygiene
To ensure the longevity of any dental restoration, it’s vital that patients practice good oral hygiene. Although porcelain veneers don’t get cavities, a cavity in the tooth beneath a veneer requires removal of the restoration so the dentist can treat the decay. The dental cement dentists in DC use to place veneers can recede with time and bacteria can grow in the small spaces between the tooth and the veneer. By practicing good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing over and around the veneer and using a mouth rinse, porcelain veneers can last for years.
Avoid oral damage
The main reason that patients require porcelain veneer replacement is damage. The damage can be a sudden, large break or just gradual wear, but it’s possible to avoid damage by avoiding the following:
- Sports trauma – Patients who play contact sports like hockey and football are at a higher risk of suffering oral trauma. Avoiding such trauma and damage to veneers requires wearing a mouthguard whenever playing.
- Grinding teeth – For people who grind their teeth in their sleep, using a night guard can prevent damage to porcelain veneers and natural teeth.
- Chewing on hard objects – Habits such as chewing on hard objects including ice, fingernails or pencils can damage porcelain veneers and natural teeth. Breaking these habits benefits oral health.
Porcelain resists stains, but patients still need to be aware of what causes tooth discoloration to ensure that their veneers maintain their bright appearance. Good oral hygiene helps prevent stains as does avoiding drinks such as wine or making sure to rinse after consumption. Another discoloration issue is when the natural teeth around the veneers fade in brightness, which means the veneers no longer match surrounding teeth. An in-office teeth whitening can restore natural teeth to their original brightness, so they match the veneers and is more affordable that replacing veneers.