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How Durable are Porcelain Veneers?

How Durable are Porcelain Veneers?

shutterstock_71980975One of a range of available cosmetic dentistry treatments available, porcelain veneers can deliver a stunning finish to any smile. Veneers can be used to treat a range of aesthetic dental issues, helping to restore the natural brilliance of a patient’s smile, and yet are highly versatile and durable.

The process of porcelain veneers involves the cosmetic dentist removing a small amount of available tooth enamel. The dentist takes a series of impressions which are then sent to a dental lab where the veneers are manufactured. Upon return, the dentist then cements the veneers into place.

The treatment is suitable for a wide range of aesthetic issues, from straightening crooked teeth to concealing damaged or badly stained teeth. The veneers can even be shaded to best match the remaining teeth in order to provide a natural appearance, and as the underlying tooth provides support to the veneer, the treatment also provides a long-lasting, durable solution.

That is not to say veneers are impervious to damage; they are not. The porcelain used is wafer thin and can be chipped and damaged in the same way as a normal tooth. The best course of action when it comes to caring for veneers is to remember that anything which could damage the enamel of a natural tooth could well damage the porcelain in veneers, and so certain actions such as biting on fingernails, biting hard on solid foods such as hard candies or to leverage certain items should be avoided.

Dietary changes, such as a reduction in sugary, dark colored drinks can also help to prolong the appearance of veneers by avoiding staining and reducing the production of plaque acids. Wearing a night guard over the teeth, especially if the patient is prone to bruxism at night, can also help to extend the life of veneers.

With good care, veneers can last for a long time. Well-fitted veneers should have little to fear from normal day-to-day use, and regular dental checkups with a cosmetic dentist will ensure veneers remain in good condition. A good dental health program involving brushing with a soft brush and using dental floss can also help to maintain the appearance of veneers, while preventing plaque from affecting the underlying tooth, which in turn can compromise the stability of the veneers.

Contact the office of Drs. Buskin and Castellon at 972-503-7200 to learn how you can benefit from veneers.

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