Maximising the Life of Your Veneers

Maximising the Life of Your Veneers
Girl with veneers

At Priory Dental Practice, we are quite familiar with the anxieties and uncertainties that stained and chipped teeth can have on someone’s life. Thanks to porcelain veneers, there is now a way to enjoy better teeth and increase confidence.

Porcelain veneers are thin yet durable tooth-coloured pieces of porcelain bonded onto your natural tooth. They cover one surface of the tooth, similar to how false fingernails cover the real nail. Due to their benefits, they are a great option to correct flaws such as discolouration and cracks and transform your smile completely.

Each of our veneers is carefully designed to fit and match your natural tooth. Our dentist will take the time to assess the state of your tooth to propose the necessary improvements and meet your exact needs.

While veneers are tough, they are not invulnerable to wrong practices. To maximise your veneers toughness and durability, practise proper maintenance and care. Here are some important rules to remember:

Proper Oral Hygiene

Caring for your veneers is not much different to caring for your natural teeth. This means brushing and flossing regularly to keep your gums healthy and free of bacteria. Any non-abrasive toothpaste is acceptable.

Although the veneer itself will not decay, the tooth that it is attached to will have some exposed areas susceptible to decay. This is why proper oral hygiene is at the top of the list. It will not only prolong the overall lifespan of your veneers but also preserve the rest of the teeth.

In addition to daily brushing and flossing, make sure to visit your dentist every six months. A regular dental check-up will alert your dentist to any issues that may be affecting your veneers.

Avoid Bad Habits

Porcelain veneers can generally withstand normal biting pressure, but exposure to unnatural stress can shorten their longevity. Refrain from anything that can damage the tooth’s enamel and biting on any hard, non-food objects. Avoid using your teeth as a tool, such as opening bottles and plastic packaging, as this places your veneers under extreme pressure. Avoid chewing tips of pencils and fingernails. For further protection, wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports.

Be Mindful of Any Tooth Grinding Habit

If you are known to be a teeth grinder, let your dentist know so they can fabricate a bite guard for you to wear at night. If it’s yet to be discovered, now is a good time to know. The undue pressure of teeth grinding can cause the material to break or fall off, so it’s best to soften the force with a protective mouth guard.

Veneers are currently some of the kindest restorations that we have in dentistry. But given their durability, proper care must still be observed. In the course of caring for these laminates, you are also keeping your entire mouth healthy.

Following a good home care regimen and avoiding poor habits can ensure the aesthetic success of your veneers for years to come.

At The Priory Dental Practice, we want to help you achieve this access with our high-quality porcelain veneers. To get started, call 01922 896 257 or book a consultation with our cosmetic dentist today.


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