Chips, cracks, stains and gaps…some people call these “character flaws,” but others want to correct them and achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed about. If you fall into the latter category and have been looking into how to correct your smile’s flaws, you’ve probably come across veneers!
Porcelain veneers in San Diego are a fantastic option for correcting a wide variety of cosmetic issues. But how do they work and how long do they last? Keep reading to find out!
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are adhered to the front of the teeth to give them a whole new appearance. After a consultation and evaluation with a cosmetic dentist in San Diego, here are the basic steps of the process:
- First, you’ll be numbed before a small amount of enamel is removed to accommodate your veneers.
- Impressions will be taken so that the dental lab can match the veneers to the shape and color of your existing teeth, making them look completely natural.
- You’ll be given temporary veneers and return in about two weeks to have the permanent ones cemented into place.
In just two appointments, your smile can look completely different!
How Long Will They Last?
On average, porcelain veneers last 10-15 years. Just like natural teeth, they’re subject to everyday wear-and-tear.
In fact, you can almost think of dental work like a set of car tires; there’s a certain “mileage” you can expect from it before it needs to be replaced.
Thankfully, the same way getting your tires rotated can extend their life, there are some basic care and maintenance tips that can extend the life of your veneers and keep them looking fantastic:
- See a dentist in San Diego for regular checkups and cleanings. This is a chance to catch any potential problems when they’re small and make sure all of your dental work is in good shape. You’ll also have your teeth polished at these visits.
- Gently but thoroughly brush and floss each day using a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Some types of toothpaste, such as whitening formulas, are too abrasive and can scratch the surface of veneers, dulling them over time.
- Wear a night guard if you clench and grind.
- Don’t chew on things like pens or ice, and avoid using your teeth to open things. If you’re going to eat anything hard, like an apple, cut it into pieces rather than biting into it.
In addition to being long-lasting, you’ll be glad to know that porcelain is also stain-resistant and more natural looking than other options.
There’s no question that porcelain veneers are an excellent way to get the smile you’ve always wanted. And now you know you can enjoy it for many years to come!
About the Author
Firm believers in the positive impact of cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Greg Friedman and Dr. Kory Grahl have used porcelain veneers to transform the smiles of many patients over the years. From the initial placement to long-term maintenance, they work with their patients every step of the way to keep their veneers looking great. They can be reached for questions through their website or at (858)-386-4580.