What one of the biggest questions patients have about any cosmetic treatment is how long they can expect results to last. Porcelain veneers are one of the longest-lasting treatments performed today. In some ways, this is advantageous but, we’ll be honest, patients do need to prepare for a lifetime of care when they choose to disguise cosmetic flaws with these indirect veneers. Here, we want to discuss what is possible with porcelain veneers and what it takes to keep them completely functional for their fullest lifespan.
About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are advantageous because they can disguise a wide variety of cosmetic flaws. A single veneer can be placed over a cracked tooth to make it appear in perfect condition. Likewise, it may be possible to make a turned tooth appear straight by covering it with a veneer. One should not assume that numerous veneers are needed to enhance the appearance of the smile. In our Palm Beach Gardens office, we customize treatment to the individual.
There are two types of porcelain veneers. Both are indirect, meaning that they are made in a dental lab. However, Lumineers describes a type of porcelain veneer that does not require enamel reduction. Lumineers are referred to as a no-prep veneer because of this; and because there is no enamel reduction, there is also no long-term commitment to maintenance. Standard porcelain veneers are slightly thicker than a no-prep veneer, so will involve slight enamel reduction and a need for maintenance. This should not be a deterrent. Caring for porcelain veneers is easy.
Research has indicated that the average lifespan for a traditional porcelain veneer is 10 to 15 years. The better care one takes of veneers, the longer they may last. What does this care involve? Not much, it turns out! In fact, it’s pretty much what is already done to preserve natural enamel and gum health.
When you have porcelain veneers, it is vital that you brush your teeth twice a day. Because there is a risk that plaque may accumulate around the margins of veneers, where porcelain meets enamel. This risk can also be mitigated by daily flossing. For an added ounce of protection against unnecessary deterioration, you may also create a habit of rinsing your mouth with water after consuming acidic or stain-causing foods and beverages. This is not because veneers can stain, porcelain is very stain-resistant; the reason to rinse is to avoid discoloration of the enamel that is adjacent to veneers.
We are pleased to offer traditional and no-prep veneers in our Palm Beach Gardens office. For more information, call (561) 627-9000.