People often wonder how long porcelain veneers last. Veneers are not covered by insurance, so naturally people want to make sure that their investment will last for a long time. Luckily, with proper care, porcelain veneers can last for decades, or even a lifetime.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers to improve your smile, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Jorge Montane at 510-795-0444 to schedule your consultation.
Caring For Your Porcelain Veneers
In order to get the most longevity out of your porcelain veneers, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and follow any specific instructions that Dr. Montane gives you. One of the most common reasons for a porcelain veneer to fall off is because of decay in the natural tooth underneath, so making sure your teeth are healthy should be a top priority.
Ways to keep your teeth healthy and porcelain veneers intact include:
- Eat a healthy and nutritious diet
- Brush at least twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Avoid soda as much as possible
- Visit Dr. Montane every six months for a cleaning and checkup
In addition, anything that could damage real teeth can damage porcelain veneers. This means that you should refrain from activities such as chewing on ice or using your teeth to open packages. Porcelain veneers are very durable, but they can crack or chip in the same ways that real teeth can.
Teeth grinding is another culprit that may shorten the lifespan of your veneers. If you grind your teeth habitually at night, we will probably prescribe a night guard. A night guard can work well to prevent teeth grinding and protect your veneers.
We offer a 5 year guarantee on porcelain veneers for all patients. If your veneers are damaged in any way that was not your fault within 5 years of placement, we will replace them for free. This offer is contingent on your cooperation in taking great care of your veneers, though. We expect you to wear your night guard if you are prescribed one, and to refrain from damaging activities such as chewing or biting on hard surfaces.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting and beautiful investment for the right candidate. However, they are not for everyone. You will probably benefit most from porcelain veneers if you:
- Have multiple minor to moderate cosmetic issues with your teeth
- Know that the procedure is not reversible due to filing down your natural teeth
- Are able to take good care of your teeth and overall oral health
- Do not grind your teeth, or are willing to wear a night guard
If you have a tooth that's particularly weak, it will likely need a crown rather than a veneer. In addition, if your only problem is that your teeth are mildly discolored, teeth whitening may be a better option for you than veneers.
We also offer complete smile makeovers if you have multiple issues with your teeth that can't all be fixed with porcelain veneers alone. This can happen if, for example, you have a lot of decay or missing teeth. We will examine your teeth and overall oral health carefully, and recommend a customized treatment plan that fits your needs and goals.
We recognize that dental work can be expensive, which is why we offer dental financing plans to help fit your budget. Oral health and a great smile are invaluable assets, and we want to make sure that everyone can get the advanced dental care they need.
Schedule Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation
If you are interested in porcelain veneers, contact Montane Dental Care today at 510-795-0444 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Fremont, Newark, Union City, and other parts of the Bay Area.