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How to Increase the Longevity of Your Veneers

June 22, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Nick Schulte
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Porcelain veneers can bring beauty back to a damaged or dated smile, making them an extremely popular choice for people looking to upgrade the way their teeth look and feel.

Your veneers will transform your teeth and take care of your smile—all they ask for in return is that you maintain and care for them throughout their lifetime.

Taking Care of Porcelain Veneers in Saint Paul, MN

While cosmetic dental veneers are durable and resilient, they’re not invincible or immune to breaking. To increase the longevity of your veneers, we recommend following a few simple guidelines:

  • Avoid smoking and tobacco use: Besides being horrible for your teeth and dangerous to your overall health, smoking also poses risks to your artificial veneers. Tobacco comes with a 100% guarantee that it will stain your teeth, and the same is true for artificial restorations like veneers. Additionally, because smoking dramatically increases your risk of developing gum disease, you may lose several of your teeth altogether if you smoke tobacco products—which means you would also lose your porcelain veneers. 
  • Treat your teeth gently: One of the most common reasons veneers break and chip is because the wearers treat their teeth as tools. Many people who have veneers continue to practice the unhealthy tooth habits they developed before getting veneers, such as using their teeth to open bags of chips or biting on pencils as a nervous habit. Using your teeth as tools is a sure-fire way to cause irreparable damage to your porcelain veneers.
  • Keep up on your oral hygiene: Just because your teeth remain covered by veneers doesn’t mean you don’t still need to care for them. Staying strong in your oral hygiene habits is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease (which can lead to gaps in your teeth and unnatural-looking veneers) and tooth loss. Flossing is imperative when you wear porcelain veneers! 
  • Repair any damage right away: If you notice a small chip in your veneer, it’s best to call your Saint Paul, MN dentist right away. The sooner we evaluate the veneer and begin to repair it, the better our chances of saving it. For larger cracks or breaks, we will need to replace the veneer with a new model. 

Do you have additional questions about caring for your porcelain veneers? Please don’t hesitate to call us at (651) 698-0848 with any concerns! 

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