Depending on your desires and goals, porcelain veneers can fix one or two problem teeth or give you an entire smile makeover. They can cover numerous flaws in your smile. For instance, gaps between teeth, severe discoloration, and teeth that are cracked, broken, uneven, worn down, and misaligned. And because they are made of porcelain, they are stain-resistant and durable.
However, it is possible to damage or break veneers. How you care for them will play an important role in their longevity.
But it isn’t all up to you. Other important factors in the longevity of your veneers include the experience of your dentist and the quality of the veneers.
Quality and Care Matter with Porcelain Veneers
At Ocean View Dental Care, our doctors have many years of experience in perfectly marrying dental art and science when restoring and enhancing smiles. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technology, but we also have an eye for beauty. We customize your veneers to the perfect size, shape, and color for you, offering stunning yet natural-looking results.
Two of the most important considerations when it comes to the strength and durability of your veneers include tooth preparation and the bonding process. The doctors at Ocean View Dental Care understand this and are always careful and diligent to perform these with a gentle hand and complete attention to detail.
In addition, we use a top-notch laboratory that handcrafts individual veneers to custom fit each tooth. In their process, they blend colors into each veneer in layers which gives a longer-lasting natural look. This is a much better option than veneers milled in the dentist’s office, which are superficially stained to achieve the desired color. This superficial stain wears off over time, affecting their brightness and color.
Once your veneers are placed, however, it is up to you. How well you take care of your beautiful smile directly affects how long your beautiful smile lasts.
How to Care for Your Porcelain Veneers
Before you invest in your smile, make sure you understand how to properly care for your smile to keep it gorgeous for as long as possible.
Porcelain is strong and durable, and it is less porous than tooth enamel, so veneers are much more resistant to stains than teeth are. However, veneers are not impervious to discoloration and damage. Therefore, it is important to protect them.
For instance, if you bite down on hard items, like fingernails or ice, you can break them. Also, even though veneers resist stains, dark-colored drinks and foods do have the potential of staining the bonding material. This is especially true if your tooth is not prepared properly. Also, any natural teeth that do not have a veneer can stain, leaving you with teeth that don’t match.
Proper care for your veneers includes:
- Avoiding foods and drinks that can stain
If you must drink things such as coffee, soda, and red wine, consider using a straw.
- Not chewing on things
If you tend to chew on ice, pen caps, or your fingernails, you may want to break this habit before considering veneers.
- Carefully considering the things you eat
Some foods may contain hidden materials that can weaken the bonding material or damage your veneers—for instance, wings, ribs, beans, and corn on the cobb.
- Not grinding or clenching your teeth (a condition called bruxism)
Bruxism causes excess pressure that can damage veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth, you will want to discuss this with your dentist. You may want to wear a custom nightguard while you sleep to protect your teeth.
- Flossing and brushing diligently
It is very important to remove all food particles that can stain teeth and bonding agents. This also helps prevent cavities and gum disease, which can negatively affect the aesthetics of your smile.
- Avoiding mouthwash that contains alcohol
The alcohol can deteriorate the bonding material.
- Keeping up with your dental visits
Professional cleanings remove tartar, which can cause dental decay and gum disease.
If your veneers are superficially stained (such as those milled in by a machine) is also important to avoid abrasive toothpastes, which can remove the white staining.
Find Out More About Porcelain Veneers
If you are in the San Clemente area, call (949) 388-0780 today. One of our helpful, friendly team members would love the chance to answer your questions and schedule you for a consultation.