Veneers are the perfect solution in transforming a discolored, broken or chipped smile. Plus with diligent care, they can last a lifetime. However, porcelain veneers can be affected by gradual wear and tear, making their average life expectancy 12-25 years. Aside from practicing proper oral hygiene, there are a few things you can do to help care for and maintain your veneers.
Prevent Gum Disease
Veneers are thin shells of material that cover the front surface of the tooth exposed above the gums to enhance the overall appearance. Gum disease causes inflammation and sometimes causes your gum line to recede, exposing the part of the tooth not covered by Cary, IL veneers. Prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing daily to remove plaque build-up and eating a balanced diet.
Avoid Grinding Teeth
Just like your natural teeth, a habit of grinding or clenching your jaw overnight can slowly wear down or chip your veneers. Intense grinding can also cause damage to your original teeth and jaw joints. If you often wake up with sore jaw muscles and suspect you may be a nighttime grinder, consult with your dentist about treatment options.
Carly, IL veneers are made of porcelain, which is resistant to stains from coffee, red wine, and the occasional cigarette smoke; however, over time excessive tobacco use can reduce the lifespan of your veneers. Not only is smoking hazardous to your health, but these products contain nicotine, which with repetitive exposure can alter the color of your veneers. We recommend steering clear of cigarettes to maintain your pearly white smile.
Frequent Check-Ups At Cary Dental
The most effective way to maintain your veneers is to visit your dentist regularly. Our team at Cary Dental Associates will identify and prevent dental problems before they require more extensive treatment. Besides, only your dentist has the tools needed to remove tough tartar build-up. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment by calling (847) 516-1100 or visiting us online at www.carydentalassociates.com.