How to Make the Most of Porcelain Veneers
- Posted on: Apr 30 2018
Dr. Frey is known for the thoughtfulness he puts into every dental treatment. Cosmetic dentistry is an investment and one that we do not take lightly. When you visit us in Beverly Hills or Marylebone in the UK, you can expect to receive comprehensive care that extends beyond your time in the office. Here, we want to discuss how you can make the most of porcelain veneers after your smile is perfected through this treatment.
About Porcelain Veneers
The indirect veneer process involves the minor alteration of a tooth or teeth. Impressions are taken and sent to a lab in which veneers are crafted out of durable dental porcelain. These veneers are made to exact specifications, so they achieve the desired outcome. In some cases, veneers are made to elongate a tooth or teeth. Veneers can also disguise slight turning or a noticeable stain, chip, or gap. Because porcelain veneers share important characteristics with enamel, their presence looks completely natural in the smile.
How Long Your Veneers Last is Somewhat Up To You
Porcelain veneers are bonded to a prepared enamel surface. This chemical bond is intended to provide sufficient strength for biting for several years. With good care and proper usage (teeth are not tools), it is possible to see porcelain veneers hold their value for up to 15 years.
During their lifespan, porcelain veneers are susceptible to the same type of degradation as natural teeth. Biting, chewing, and dietary habits can all affect the extent of wear to these cosmetic fixtures. In addition to normal wear and tear, another reason that veneers may need to be replaced is decay. Remember, veneers only cover the front surface of teeth. To reduce the risk of decay developing at veneer margins, it is essential that you continue to brush and floss with care.
Staining can be a problem for individuals with veneers, though not in the way you may think. Porcelain is a great material for veneers because it resists stains. However, what we have found is that substances like tobacco can cause marked discoloration around veneers, at their margins, or on teeth adjacent to those that have been veneered. It is important for smokers and those who use tobacco to develop strategies to protect cosmetic dental work.
The Magic is in the Follow Through
Good habits support the longevity of porcelain veneers. We are here to help. In addition to good home care, veneers are better maintained when you see your dentist routinely for exams and cleanings.
Is it time to bring out the best in your smile? Call 310-276-4537 to schedule your visit.
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