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How to Get the Most Out of Your Veneers?

June 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson @ 3:36 am

Close up of woman’s teeth with veneersIf you’re ready to invest in a picture-perfect smile without needing extensive dental work, porcelain veneers may be the solution for you. In just 2 appointments, you can have the smile of your dreams using a minimally invasive procedure. Veneers are designed to provide long-lasting results that look natural. However, various factors affect their lifespan. Here’s how to ensure you get the most from your investment.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

The average lifespan for a veneer is about 10 years, but they can last for much longer with the right aftercare. Many factors affect their life expectancy, like your oral hygiene routine and lifestyle habits.

Get the Most from Your Veneers 

You can ensure your new smile lasts for a decade or longer by following your dentist’s instructions to maintain your results, including:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice daily. Abrasive dental products can scratch your veneers, causing them to lose their shine and look discolored. Don’t forget to floss every night before going to bed to remove any plaque or debris missed by your toothbrush.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Eat nutritious foods and limit your consumption of sugars and starches. Although veneers can’t get cavities, your underlying teeth are still vulnerable to decay. It’s also best to avoid alcohol because it can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers to your teeth.
  • Good Oral Habits: Veneers are durable, but they aren’t any match for certain oral habits, like chewing ice or biting on your fingernails. Never use your teeth in place of scissors or other tools. It’s also a good idea to stop smoking for a healthy mouth and body.
  • Protect Your Smile: Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Commit to visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Besides keeping your teeth and gums healthy, they will check your veneers at each appointment to ensure they are undamaged and functioning as intended.

Unfortunately, veneers don’t last forever. No matter how well you care for them, they will need to be replaced, eventually. You can prolong their lifespan by giving them the attention they deserve.

About Dr. Jeremy B. Jorgenson

Dr. Jorgenson achieved his dental degree from the University of Southern California. He has regularly continued his education to provide specialty services, like dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Jorgenson is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Book an appointment online or call (714) 793-0841 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.