How Durable are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers Highlands RanchPorcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure because they are highly versatile, natural looking, and long lasting. If you are considering porcelain veneers in the Highlands Ranch area, consider that veneers can correct a wide range of cosmetic issues and can last for decades, keeping your smile perfect for many years to come.


How Porcelain Veneers Work

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of porcelain that is color-matched to your teeth. When they are placed, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural enamel. The nature of the porcelain also means that they will reflect light much like enamel, because the porcelain is partially translucent.

Although porcelain is thin and delicate, when your cosmetic dentist places them on the surfaces of the teeth, a special bonding agent makes it strong and highly durable. Teeth treated with veneers must be brushed and flossed and cleaned regularly by a dentist. With diligent care, veneers can last many years.


How to Care for Your Veneers

Veneers are strong and durable, but if you take certain precautions, they will last much longer. The edges of veneers can be vulnerable to chipping, and the surfaces can be worn down if they are cleaned too aggressively. To ensure your veneers last as long as possible, follow these guidelines:

  • Brush and floss regularly
  • Avoid foods and beverages that could stain your veneers
  • Avoid biting on hard objects that could chip your veneers
  • Be sure your dentist and hygienist know you have veneers
  • Use a soft toothbrush as recommended by your dentist
  • Visit your dentist regularly for an evaluation and regular treatment

Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and X-rays is important when you have veneers. In some cases, cavities can develop beneath the veneers or along their edges. These cavities can be difficult to find without regular trips to the dentist. In addition, your dentist can evaluate the condition of your veneers to be sure they are holding up well and remaining properly bonded to your teeth.

To find out more about porcelain veneers, how they can improve your smile, and how to care for them properly, please contact our dental team at 303-730-1222.