How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last | Dentist West Ryde If you are unhappy with your smile’s appearance one excellent solution could be porcelain veneers, which are great for fixing multiple cosmetic flaws at once and completely upgrading your smile.

If your teeth are stained or discoloured, misshapen or poorly sized, porcelain veneers can be just the treatment to bring you you beautiful smile that can last for decades.

Veneers are, however, an investment, so as you consider them you might also be considering the question, “What can I do to ensure my porcelain veneers look stunning for as long as they can?” West Ryde Dental is happy to answer this question, so you can learn more about how to help your porcelain veneers stand the test of time.

Porcelain veneers cover a variety of aesthetic problems, like discolouration, stains, chipping, cracks, gaps, crooked teeth, short teeth, worn enamel, and even misalignment. Veneers also correct bigger problems, supporting natural teeth weakened by broken or old fillings.

Because they are so useful, if you have them placed, you want them to last! Here are some handy tips to help your porcelain veneers last a very long time.

#1 Understand your porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers go by different names. Porcelain veneers are sometimes called dental veneers of dental porcelain laminates. All of these names mean the same thing, so don’t get confused if you hear any or all of them.

Porcelain veneers are shells that dentists use to cover damaged teeth. They are typically bonded to the front of damaged or aesthetically unpleasing teeth and are more or less permanent once put in place.

Porcelain veneers come in many shapes and sizes, depending on the job they are being asked to perform.

Porcelain veneers are typically made of porcelain, as the name suggests. But, there are also more economical veneers on the market today constructed from a composite of different resins that mimic the look and feel of porcelain. Both function in approximately the same way and last for similar periods of time.

#2 Get porcelain veneers that are specifically fit for you

As in most things, personalized veneers are superior to generic ones. The veneer itself changes the appearance of your teeth once they are in place. While generically created veneers are more economical, they also generally aren’t as aesthetically pleasing. Veneers specifically made for you fit better and look better for increased satisfaction.

#3 Treat your veneers like you would real teeth

Take care of your veneers just like you would take care your real teeth. Brush regularly and keep them clean and you’ll have great looking veneers that last a decade or more.

#4 Avoid eating some foods

Hard, crunchy, and sticky foods can be the enemy of veneers. Vegetables with hard outer shells like carrots, cucumbers, apples, and corn must be eaten very carefully. Nuts are also well known for cracking veneers, so, again, be careful when eating them.

Ask your dentist what types of food they advise you to avoid and make sure you follow instructions.

#5 Avoid subjecting your teeth to hard impacts

You should not subject your teeth to hard impacts when they are unprotected. This is true whether or not you have veneers. If you engage in activities that can potentially knock your teeth out due to impacts, wear a personalized mouth guard from West Ryde Dental

People who play sports or engage in athletics are often faced with this issue. If you are not accustomed to wearing mouth guards, it can be a bit unsettling at first but over time you’ll get used to it. And be sure to get custom-designed mouth guards from West Ryde Dental – they are more comfortable, safer, and offer more protection that mouth guards purchased over the counter.

Protect your teeth, real or not, at all times.

#6 Use appliance advised by your dentist

Some patients who grind their teeth (bruxism) are advised to wear mouth guards while sleeping to avoid damaging their veneers while they sleep. If you suffer from bruxism, have West Ryde Dental personalize a night mouth guard to protect your veneers from grinding.

#7 Have your veneers checked regularly

Your veneers need to be checked on a regular basis. This is to ensure that they are in top condition. During routine dental exams your our dentist will check to be certain that your veneers remain attached correctly to your teeth, or if you need work done on them to strengthen their attachment to your existing teeth.

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At West Ryde Dental Clinic, our service and our treatments are 100% personalized for you. All our dentists are highly motivated and accredited practitioners with graduate degrees from the University of Sydney. As well as the dentists, the supporting staff at West Ryde Dental Clinic are highly dedicated and experienced to ensure each visit with us is comfortable as possible.

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