Has your smile changed over the years? Or perhaps you have always been unhappy with your smile, so you’ve learned the trick of smiling with a closed-mouth smirk? In either case, you don’t have to live with a smile that you aren’t proud to show off.

Dental veneers are an invention in cosmetic dentistry that gives your natural teeth a boost when they are discolored, chipped, or disproportionate.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells of tooth-like material that are attached to the front of a natural tooth. They differ from tooth crowns in that they are not intended to strengthen weakened teeth but are used as a covering for teeth with visual imperfections. Therefore, they are a cosmetic solution, not an oral health solution.

If you have a tooth or teeth that bother you because they are discolored, chipped, or too big or small for your mouth, veneers may be a solution for you. Continue reading to learn more about

Do Veneers Need to Be Replaced?

Are you wondering if veneers are a permanent solution? The answer depends on what they are made of and how you treat them with your dental hygiene practices.

Most dental professionals prefer to use porcelain veneers because they are made of a translucent thin layer of glass that closely mimics natural teeth. They are the material that is most easily blended with your natural smile. These typically last at least 10 years, sometimes even up to 20 years. Though, these are the most expensive option.

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, composite veneers are your next best choice when it comes to veneer material. These are made of a composite resin with porcelain. They are a bit bulkier than full porcelain but still blend well with your natural smile. They are a less expensive option with an average lifespan of 5-10 years.

But, no matter the material you choose, the level of care you give your veneers will ultimately determine their longevity.

How to Help Your Veneers Last Longer

Veneers of any material will last longer and need fewer replacements if you take care of them properly. Implementing good oral hygiene practices will not only prevent gum disease and cavities but will also keep your veneers in excellent shape.

Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, wearing a mouthguard is the best way to prevent your veneers from cracking or wearing thin. Additionally, you should avoid chewing hard or sticky foods such as ice and caramel or toffee-coated candies. Another way to avoid early replacement of your veneers is to avoid using your teeth to open bottles, untie knots, or rip off tags.

Veneers at EVDP

Are you interested in giving your smile an upgrade with veneers? At East Valley Dental Professionals, we specialize in “smile makeovers.” If you are unhappy with your smile, schedule a visit with us. We can discuss if you are a candidate for veneers. We also have many other procedures available in the cosmetic dentistry realm, such as porcelain crowns, teeth whitening, dental bonding, and more.

Don’t suffer through your life with a smile you don’t love, call us today.