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Investing in Your Smile: Helpful Tips to Make Your Veneers Last 

July 24, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — joannebancroft @ 2:22 am
woman walking on the beach and smiling with veneers

Custom veneers are considered to be one of the more popular forms of cosmetic dentistry. Capable of changing the look of teeth based on their size, shape, and color, individuals who opt for this method of treatment can expect a fully transformed appearance in the end. But how can you get the most out of your veneers? Since these restorations are not designed to last forever, a cosmetic dentist shares a few helpful tips to ensure your investment in a new smile lasts as long as possible.

What is the Average Lifespan for Veneers?

No two patients are the same, so when it comes to the lifespan of their veneers, it’s likely to be different for each person.

On average, veneers are constructed to last 10 years; however, many factors can shorten or even lengthen this timeframe. From your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to your diet, consistency in keeping your dental appointments, and even your ability to protect your new teeth, the lifespan of your newly invested smile is ultimately up to you.

How Can You Ensure That Your Veneers Last?

The investment you choose to make by having veneers put into place over your flawed smile is one you want to last. Although they are now more accessible than they were 50 or 60 years ago, it’s no secret that these custom tooth coverings require a higher financial commitment than other forms of treatment (i.e., teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding).

If you want to make sure that you are not visiting the dentist every few years to have them replaced, here are a few tips to keep in mind when taking proper care of your veneers:

  • Make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly. Your underlying teeth are still susceptible to cavities, so brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste as well as flossing after every meal will ensure bacteria and food particles do not burrow between teeth and cause dental decay.
  • Avoid using your teeth as tools and poor lifestyle habits. Using your teeth as tools, eating ice, biting your fingernails, and even smoking can all potentially cause harm to your veneers. Instead, make sure you’re using appropriate tools to open packages and containers and inquire about cessation resources to help you kick your smoking habit for good.
  • Wear appropriate mouth protection. Whether you play sports or are prone to grinding your teeth, a custom mouthguard can help minimize your risk of serious injury.
  • Be mindful of what you eat. Hard, crunchy foods should be limited, as they can cause damage to your veneers. Also, consuming dark-colored beverages consistently can lead to discoloration over time if you’re not careful.

When meeting with your cosmetic dentist to discuss your options for treatment, make sure that you fully understand the commitment that is required with veneers. In adhering to these tips and guidelines, you can expect to enjoy your transformed smile longer.

About the Author
Dr. Joanne Bancroft has been practicing dentistry since 2003. Earning her dental degree from the State University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2002, she attended a General Practice Residency at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Focusing much of her efforts on cosmetic dentistry, she and her team at J.B. Dental are equipped to provide patients with safe and effective ways to improve their appearance and boost their confidence. If you are thinking about veneers to hide your cosmetic imperfections, contact us at (720) 458-6561 to learn more!

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