Porcelain veneers can be a big investment in your smile, and you probably want to ensure the longest possible lifespan. Veneers can last fifteen years or even longer when you take care of them. Ensuring their longevity is often just a matter of good day-to-day maintenance and healthy dental habits.
1. Keep them clean.
Porcelain does not decay, but plaque and bacteria can damage the tooth underlying the veneer, which can lead to decay at the border of the tooth. This can cause the veneers to become worn and damaged quickly. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft toothbrush twice a day, floss daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Remember to schedule cleanings and checkups twice a year.
2. Wear a mouthguard.
Playing sports or engaging in other physical activities puts your veneers and natural teeth at risk. Wear a custom-fit mouthguard to protect them. If you have bruxism, you need to wear a night guard, as well, and seek treatment to address the underlying cause.
3. Do not bite or chew on anything that is not food.
Pencils, packages, ice, and other non-food items can crack or break your veneers or weaken the bond between them and your teeth.
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