Dental veneers provide a beautiful and flawless smile. However, they do not last a lifetime and are normally replaced after 10 to 15 years. As such, it is important to take good care of them to increase their lifespan. Maintaining veneers is not very different from taking care of natural teeth.
Practicing proper oral hygiene is the first step to prolonging the lifespan of veneers. Even though they do not decay, they leave areas of your tooth exposed to decay. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once each day.
Consider the kind of toothbrush and toothpaste you use. You use non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrushes to avoid damaging the polish on the veneers.
Take all precautions to avoid gum disease. Such diseases result from gum inflammation and the receding gums, which expose the top edge of your veneers. This also mars your smile.
Go for your regular dental check-ups to ensure your teeth are okay and the gums are healthy. During this visits, discuss with your dentist on the results of the assessment, and let him know that you are ready for any repairs in case any damages might have happened in-between your check-ups.
Avoid chewing on hard objects. In as much as veneers are durable, they do not possess the same strong features as natural teeth. Keep off hard objects such as nails, pens, and ice. Hard objects cause veneers to chip.
Do not grind or clench your teeth even with natural ones. Teeth grinding damage veneers by wearing them down. Since most grinding and clenching occurs at night, request your dentist to provide you with a night guard that will prevent these processes during sleep.
Veneers are resistant to stain but the adhesive that bonds them to your natural teeth are not. As such, avoid foods or drinks that stain teeth. In case the gums shrink due to such eating habits, they can either we rebounded or replaced depending on the severity of the damage. Using such foods and drinks overtime makes the veneers look yellowed or darkened on the edges. However, you can minimize contact between your veneers with such drinks by using a straw.
Avoid smoking to ensure your veneers have their natural color. This ensures your veneers look their best.
You can always schedule an appointment with your dentist in case you notice some discomfort or discoloration before your next appointment. Good habits increase the lifespan of your dental veneers.