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How long do permanent veneers last?

how long do permanent veneers last

Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to teeth and match the color or shade of your natural teeth. Veneers give patients a beautiful and white natural-looking smile.

To apply the veneers, a cement material is used. Veneers are typically used for chipped, stained, or uneven teeth to give patients that uniform and bright white look.

Veneers are permanent and are made out of porcelain which is durable and long-lasting. On average, veneers last anywhere between 10-15 years, but this also depends on wear and tear. Patients must take good care of their teeth if they have veneers to ensure they last and stay in good condition.

Tips to ensure your veneers last:

  • Avoid biting any hard objects or foods that will damage your veneers.
  • If you suffer from bruxism or clench your teeth regularly, you may want to consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your veneers from damage.
  • Avoid biting your nails as this can damage your veneers.

Veneers are extremely durable if they are taken care of. We recommend good oral hygiene habits at home with brushing and flossing daily. Attending your regular dental visits is also recommended so our staff can ensure your veneers continue to look great.

If you are interested in finding out if veneers are right for you, contact Lori Logan, DDS to schedule your appointment.

Foods You Should Avoid After Getting Veneers

Dental veneers can be used to transform your smile. If your teeth are discolored, stained, uneven or unsightly, veneers are a quick and incredibly noninvasive treatment option that covers these flaws and provides you with a full, white smile. In general, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and beverages when wearing veneers. Veneers are typically quite strong and resilient, so they can withstand a lot of force and pressure throughout the day. Most patients find that their veneers last for a decade or longer before they need to be replaced. However, there are certain foods and drinks you should avoid to improve the chances of the veneers lasting longer.

Hard Foods

Despite veneers being resilient, strong and long-lasting, hard foods that could twist or pull the veneers should be avoided. Eating meats that require you to twist your mouth and pull on the front teeth may loosen a veneer or cause it to fall off altogether. It’s best to be careful when biting into hard foods and to chew with the back teeth.

Alcohol

Alcohol isn’t necessarily detrimental to your veneers so much as it’s a problem for the adhesive that’s used. Alcohol can loosen and wear down the adhesive that is used to keep the veneers on your front teeth. This means cooling it down with the amount of alcohol you might drink as well as switching to an alcohol-free mouthwash. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite spirited beverages from time to time, but just be aware that it could affect the bonding agent used to keep those veneers in place.

Dark Foods and Liquids

Your veneers are incredibly stain-resistant, which means that even the darkest of coffees and teas shouldn’t change the color even years after having the veneers placed. However, these dark liquids and foods will stain your natural teeth and cause your veneers to look more obvious than they otherwise should. By avoiding staining foods and beverages, you can keep your natural teeth whiter so that they blend in better with your veneers.

Maintaining Your Veneers

Maintaining your veneers is easy because they virtually take care of themselves. As long as you brush them and floss between them each day as well as keep up with routine dental checkups, your veneers will last for many years. Treat your veneers as you would your natural teeth and they’ll provide you with a beautiful and white smile you’ll feel proud to show off.

Are porcelain veneers permanent?

veneers CypressVeneers are a cosmetic treatment option available to enhance one or multiple teeth. Most porcelain veneer treatment is permanent; this is because your cosmetic dentist will remove a thin amount of enamel from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Once removed, enamel does not grow back so treated teeth will require protection forever.

What can veneers do?

In a matter of a couple of weeks, veneers can be applied to correct teeth suffering from deep dental stain; chipped enamel; uneven dentition; unwanted gaps between teeth; and misshapen teeth.

If teeth whitening is part of your smile makeover, this step should be completed first so your dental provider can match your veneers to your newly lightened teeth.

A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will identify the teeth that can benefit from veneers. At your first treatment visit, a thin amount of enamel will be removed from the front of teeth to receive veneers. Dental impressions will be taken for the dental lab; temporaries will be placed to protect teeth; and in about two weeks your smile makeover can be completed.

The dental lab will work with your dental provider to fabricate the veneers … they will be made to match neighboring untreated teeth to form a symmetrical and seamless finish. Porcelain is the ideal material for veneers as it is stain resistant.

Veneers are very thin shells that are lightweight and reflect light so they appear natural . They will be tried on for fit and appearance; when ready, they will be permanently cemented to teeth.

Do’s and Don’ts with Veneer Treated Teeth

Once veneers are in place, you will need to be careful not to bite into hard or chewy foods. If a veneer should break or become dislodged, it will likely require replacing as veneers are not repairable.

If you bite your fingernails or use your teeth to open packages, you will need to forego these habits. Even though teeth are strengthened with veneers, they are not able to withstand the pressure of these bad habits.

Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as all your teeth. You will brush and floss daily and visit our dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, every six months for cleaning and dental exam.

Do veneers stain the same as natural teeth?

veneers Cypress TXVeneers are generally made from porcelain, which is naturally stain resistant. Your cosmetic dentist will outline a program designed especially for you that will provide you with a complete and thorough treatment plan if you desire porcelain veneers.

Veneers are suitable to treat a multitude of dental imperfections … severe dental stain or discoloration; uneven or chipped teeth; worn down enamel; unwanted gaps between teeth … you can enjoy a more symmetrical smile in a matter of weeks with veneers.

Veneers are wafer thin, tooth colored shells that are made to be affixed to the front of teeth. You can place veneers on one, two, or multiple teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will help determine what is needed to correct your dentition.

Since veneers are stain resistant, if the patient is planning to undergo teeth whitening, this is the first step needed. Porcelain does not respond to whitening products … whitening first allows your cosmetic dentist to match your veneers to your newly lightened shade. Going forward you will want to keep your natural, untreated teeth lightened to match your veneers.

Veneers are minimally invasive, however, a small amount of enamel will be removed from each tooth to be treated. This allows the veneer to be cemented to the tooth and still allow your teeth to appear even.

Before permanently cementing your veneers in place, your dentist will try them on to make sure they fit correctly and look natural. They must provide full function, so a proper fit is important.

When fit and function are correct, your cosmetic dentist will apply an etching material to teeth to allow the veneer to securely bond to the tooth. A laser is used to cure the veneer in place.

Veneers are strong, but the patient still needs to be careful not to bite into hard objects with treated teeth. And even though porcelain is stain resistant, your dentist may advise you to limit consumption of things known to stain … coffee, tea, cola, red wine, and certain foods – use a straw for cold drinks to allow much of the beverage to bypass teeth.

Caring for veneer treated teeth is the same as your biological teeth. Brush a minimum of twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste; floss daily; and visit our office every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam.

Why is porcelain an ideal material to use for veneers?

veneers Cypress TXVeneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are permanently cemented to the front of teeth that suffer from some type of cosmetic malady. The majority of veneers are made from porcelain providing many advantages such as:

Stain resistance – Unlike dental enamel, porcelain resists stains resulting from the consumption of coffee, tea, cola, red wine, brightly colored foods like tomato based sauces, or foods that contain colorful dyes.

On the flip side, porcelain is unaffected by teeth whitening products so if you anticipate getting dental veneers, whiten first. Your cosmetic dentist can then match your veneers to your newly whitened teeth.

Natural in appearance – Porcelain utilizes the light reflective properties of teeth making veneers appear more like your biological teeth than some other cosmetic enhancements. In addition, porcelain can easily be matched in color, size, and shape to neighboring untreated teeth to allow for a virtually undetectable improvement.

Using porcelain means less dental enamel needs to be removed from teeth being treated.

Gum tissue is more likely to accept porcelain making rejection or intolerance less of a problem than some other materials.

Placing porcelain veneers is minimally invasive, but can correct many different dental cosmetic concerns:

Intrinsic dental stain – When other efforts to eliminate dental stain are ineffective, veneers are the conservative option to enhance your appearance.

Chipped, broken, misshapen, or uneven teeth – Porcelain veneers can cover many cosmetic dental flaws that could otherwise require years of alternative treatment. Major changes can occur in a few dental visits over a couple of weeks.

Unwanted gaps between teeth – Those spaces appear to close when veneers are applied.

Porcelain veneers provide added strength to treated teeth, they are durable, and require no special treatment to keep them looking great.

Just as it is inadvisable to use your teeth to open packages or to chew or bite your finger nails, your cosmetic dentist will strongly recommend you do not use your veneer treated teeth for these purposes as well. If a veneer should break or become dislodged, it generally requires replacement. Porcelain veneers are strong, but not invincible.

With porcelain veneers you will brush and floss daily, with the same care you have always extended to your natural teeth. Visits to the dentist every six months should help you to keep your cosmetic enhancement looking great for many years.

Contact our office today to discuss your cosmetic options!

Spaces Between My Front Teeth: What are my options?

veneers Cypress TXA narrow space between front teeth is generally not a critical issue. There are different approaches that can be taken to either eliminate the opening or make it appear closed. Your cosmetic dentist has a solution that will coordinate with your needs.

The width of the gap and the reason it occurred will likely be discussed. If the space is due to smaller teeth not consuming all the available jaw space, there may be gaps between several teeth. In this instance, orthodontic care may be indicated.

The age of the patient is also a consideration. If the patient is a child, it is best to wait to see if ordinary growth provides a solution. A teenager or adult has likely reached bone maturity and spaces will probably not close.

For a permanent solution, orthodontics may be the best option. Braces shift teeth, but it is important to know that all teeth require treatment, not just the two involving the space. If you should opt for orthodontic treatment, as an adult, Invisalign clear aligners are an option that provides a nearly invisible means of closing the gap between your front teeth.

If there is just one space between front teeth (this is called a diastema), and you do not want to invest in the commitment of time and money for orthodontic care, you might want to consider porcelain veneers.

With porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from your front teeth. A dental impression will provide a model for the dental lab to fabricate the veneers, which are very thin tooth colored shells that will ultimately be affixed to the front of teeth to be treated.

The veneers are made to match surrounding biological teeth in size, shade, and contour. They will be tried on to guarantee they are a perfect match and provide an impeccable fit. If needed, minor corrections can be made before cementing them in place. Veneers can seemingly close that gap in a matter of weeks. This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure with very positive results.

To learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-609-7377 today!