Most cosmetic fixes only address one issue with teeth — braces can straighten teeth that are crooked, whitening can brighten teeth that are discolored, and dental bonding can fill in a tooth that’s been chipped. But if you want to tackle multiple cosmetic problems at once, compounding those individual procedures can get complicated quickly.
That’s one of the reasons porcelain veneers are so popular when it comes to extreme smile makeovers! Veneers are simply thin, durable dental ceramic that is applied to the front of your teeth, like resurfacing cabinets. But because of the strength of the veneers, they can also reshape and resize your teeth. Veneers can correct for shape, color, damage, spacing, and alignment all in one.
The Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
Another reason porcelain veneers are so popular is that they are a long-lasting solution. While whitening can wear off in six months (or less, if you regularly drink coffee, smoke, or have other habits that stain teeth), porcelain veneers are often touted as being a semi-permanent solution.
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last ten or fifteen years before needing to be replaced. But what does “proper care” entail? Whether you’re considering getting porcelain veneers or already have them, it’s important to know how to care for them so that you can get as many years as possible out of your beautiful new teeth! Here’s a crash course in the maintenance necessary to keep your porcelain veneers in good condition.
Keep Up the Brushing and Flossing
Veneers are simply a cosmetic facade; your teeth are still at risk of decay and disease with them on. That means that your regular oral hygiene routines, like brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily, are just as important now as they were before.
One quick warning: Some whitening toothpastes can be too abrasive for veneers, and mouthwashes with alcohol can make your veneers more likely to stain. If you’re concerned about what oral hygiene tools to use with your veneers, Dr. Hodges can give you some guidance.
Don’t Use Teeth as Tools
This is true of your real teeth, too, but just to be clear: Your teeth are not tools. Just because veneers are durable, advanced ceramic doesn’t mean you should be using them to open packages or bottles, or even chew habitually on pens or your fingernails.
In general, porcelain veneers are a reliable, durable answer to a number of different cosmetic concerns. Best of all, it can be completed in just two visits, which means you can have a brand new smile in just two weeks. You won’t have to change your oral hygiene routine or diet, you won’t need to learn any new oral care habits — you can just sit back and enjoy your beautiful new smile!
If you think you may be interested in porcelain veneers, call élan at (918) 528-3330 or contact us online to make an appointment. We would love to discuss all of your options for a full smile makeover.