Learn about the benefits and lifespan of porcelain veneers in Dana Point, CA
Porcelain veneers are an increasingly popular way to enhance your smile, from disguising a single chipped tooth to completely transforming the appearance of all your front teeth. If you are considering veneers, you may be wondering about how you take care of them and the typical lifespan of veneers. Dr. Mark A. Cruz, dentist in Dana Point, CA explains what to expect with porcelain veneers and what you need to know about preserving their lifespan.
Porcelain veneers overview
Porcelain veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are
custom-designed, shaped, and shaded to provide a natural-looking,
beautiful smile. They are considered a conservative approach and
low-maintenance option for changing the appearance of your smile, and
only require a minor amount of enamel to be removed from the surface of
the treated teeth prior to being placed. Veneers look, function, and
feel like natural teeth so no one will even know you have them.
Veneers have many benefits for patients who are seeking to transform their smiles and are very versatile. Veneers can disguise the following types of issues, among others:
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Misshapen or unevenly sized teeth
- Permanently discolored teeth that are resistant to whitening
Depending on what has led you to consider veneers, there may be more suitable options such as orthodontic treatment for more severe misalignment or spacing issues with your teeth. Dr. Cruz is highly skilled at evaluating patients’ teeth to determine the best treatment plan for their individual needs. In some cases, issues such as tooth decay will need to be addressed before proceeding with porcelain veneers or other cosmetic treatments.
Typical lifespan of porcelain veneers
The lifespan of porcelain veneers varies, depending on several factors described below, but in general, you can expect your veneers will last from 10 to 15 years if you take good care of them. When a veneer has become damaged or worn out, then Dr. Cruz may be able to repair it, or he may need to completely replace it for the best results.
Factors that affect the lifespan of veneers
Your daily lifestyle and habits are what will affect the
lifespan of your veneers more than anything. Even though a veneer is not
a natural tooth material, it is still essential to brush the
veneer-treated teeth twice per day, floss daily, and see the dentist for
regular cleanings and check-ups. This is because issues such as gum
disease and decay in the underlying tooth can still develop, and if they
do, you may need to remove the veneer to treat the problem.
In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, it is important
to remember that while veneers are sturdy and bonded with
professional-grade materials to your teeth, they can still break. For
this reason, you should avoid chewing on hard foods such as ice or
inedible items like pencils, pens, or your nails. It is also important
to avoid using your teeth as tools, like using them to untie a knot or
tear a tag off a new article of clothing.
Similarly, if you play any sports or engage in activities that
can result in traumatic injury to your mouth, it is essential that you
wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Otherwise, a blow to the mouth
can lead to chips or cracks in your veneers. Regularly grinding and
clenching your teeth can have a similar effect on your veneers and cause
early veneer wear or breakage, in addition to damaging your natural
teeth, so if you have symptoms that you grind your teeth at night, we
encourage you to talk to Dr. Cruz about a customized nightguard to
protect your teeth.
While porcelain is a stain-resistant material, regularly consuming foods and beverages such as tea, coffee, and red wine that will stain your regular teeth can also lead to discoloration on the veneers over time. Using tobacco products can also stain your veneers. Veneers cannot be whitened with normal tooth whitening procedures, so if your veneers become discolored, they will need to be replaced to achieve that pearly white smile again.
Thinking about sprucing up your smile?
Call the dental practice of Mark A. Cruz, DDS to learn more about your options to get the smile you have always wanted! In addition to porcelain veneers, Dr. Cruz offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options, ranging from tooth whitening, composite resin bonding, tooth-colored fillings, to full smile makeovers. Call our Dana Point, CA office today to schedule your smile transformation consultation at (949) 661-1006!