How Long Do Veneers Last?

Are you looking to improve your smile? Whether you want to make a subtle change or a dramatic one, dental veneers may be for you!

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin, natural-looking shells that are customized to fit over individual teeth that need to be corrected. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin and are used to fix discolored, cracked, worn down, chipped, uneven, or spaced teeth.

What Is the Procedure for Placing Dental Veneers?

Once you have talked to our team at Southwest Smiles and Dr. Chittajallu has determined that dental veneers are right for you, you’ll need to set up an appointment to get your teeth prepared for the veneers. Our dental team will remove a very small amount of the enamel from the surface of the affected teeth. This allows them to place the veneer snugly over them. We will then take an impression of your teeth so that the veneers can be created to exactly match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Once the veneers have been made, Dr. Chittajallu will bond them to your affected teeth with resin cement. And just like that, you’ll have the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

Dental veneers should last between 10 and 15 years if they are properly cared for. They are made of delicate materials that can chip and crack, so it’s important that you care for them in the same way you’d care for your natural teeth.

How Do You Care for Dental Veneers?

Practicing good oral hygiene is the most effective way to care for your dental veneers. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, rinse with mouthwash, and use fluoride toothpaste. You should also try to stay away from foods that could chip your veneers, as well as drinks that could stain your veneers like coffee or red wine. If you are an active person, be sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers when you are playing contact sports. And if you grind your teeth, you should protect your veneers by wearing a nightguard at night while you sleep.

If you think veneers may be for you, give us a call today to schedule a consultation appointment. At Southwest Smiles, we’re dedicated to giving you the smile of your dreams.

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