Porcelain veneers can dramatically change your feelings about your smile. As an item to be valued, your new smile can last many years with proper care and oral hygiene. If you live in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles, California, and have porcelain veneer questions, consultations are provided by cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin Sands.
How long do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are a long-term way to improve the appearance of your smile. Depending on how well you care for your veneers, they can last several years or longer.
Here are some tips for taking care of your porcelain veneers:
- Brush and floss your teeth just as you would without porcelain veneers. Brush twice a day, and floss once a day.
- Avoid bad habits like chewing on ice cubes or biting on pens or other hard objects. These habits can damage your porcelain veneers and your teeth.
- Consider a mouth guard if you play contact sports. Like your natural teeth, a porcelain veneer can crack or fracture if you receive a blow to the face.
By caring properly for your porcelain veneers, you have a better chance of enjoying the benefits of porcelain veneers for many years to come.
Preventing Cavities near Veneers
Although porcelain veneers cannot decay, the natural tooth beneath your veneer can. For this reason, it is important to maintain proper oral hygiene after getting porcelain veneers.
Veneers are bonded to your teeth. The bond is quite durable, so bacteria should not be able to colonize in the area between your tooth and veneer; however, cavities may form along the edge of the veneers.
During a consultation with Dr. Sands, you can discuss what to expect from porcelain veneers, and how long you can expect them to last.
To learn more about what to expect from porcelain veneers in the area of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California, please contact Kevin B. Sands, DDS, to schedule an initial consultation.