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4 Ways Get the Most Out of Your Smile with Veneers

January 10, 2023

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a woman revealing her beautiful smile with veneers

While there are many cosmetic dental treatments that can fix flaws in your teeth, veneers are one that can completely transform your smile. The ultra-thin porcelain shells cover the front of your pearly whites, concealing an array of dental issues, including chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshaped teeth. In addition, your new picture-perfect smile with veneers can be completed within two appointments! But how long can you expect your upgraded grin to last? Read on to learn how long you can count on this cosmetic solution and four ways to make the most of them!

How Long Can You Expect Your Veneers to Last?

Veneers are made of durable and lifelike porcelain materials that blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. Modern dental technology has enabled them to be just as strong as your natural tooth enamel. With proper and consistent care, you can expect your new and improved pearly whites to last up to 15 years or more. Keep in mind, though, that their lifespan can depend largely on the location of their placement and how well you take care of them over time.

4 Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your Veneers

It is wonderful to finally achieve your dream smile with veneers, so you want to make the most of them for as long as possible.  Here are several tips to help you extend their lifespan:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Just like with your natural teeth, it is essential to maintain clean and healthy teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. After you receive your veneers, you’ll want to be very consistent with your dental routine. Just be sure to be gentle so as not to accidentally damage your brand-new teeth.
  • Make specific food choices: While you can still enjoy most of your favorite foods with your new smile, it’s best to be mindful of hard or crunchy snacks. One wrong bite can chip or crack a veneer, requiring time and money to fix it. You may also want to minimize foods or drinks that can discolor or stain your teeth, like berries, coffee, or wine. In addition to dimming your veneers, they can also cause your natural teeth and veneers to look mismatched.
  • Avoid smoking:  Not only is tobacco bad for your teeth and overall well-being, but it can damage your smile by causing heavy discoloration and yellow staining. To protect the health and appearance of your teeth, be sure to speak with your dentist for resources and guidance to help you quit.
  • Visit your dentist: By keeping up with your biannual checkups and cleanings, your dentist will help ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy and prevent any future issues from developing. This can extend the life of your veneers for much longer until they need to be replaced.

Although your veneers will eventually need to be replaced, you can help them to last as long as possible with proper dental care. By following these tips, you will be able to enjoy your new and improved pearly whites for years!

About the Author

Dr. Cher Rich is passionate about keeping your smile whole and healthy throughout your lifetime! She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas at Houston Dental school and opened her dental practice in 2007. She offers a full range of services, including cosmetic treatments like veneers. By using personalized plans and state-of-the-art dental technology, she can help you achieve your dream smile. To schedule an appointment, contact her through her website or call  (281) 469-6281.

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