Most people have a few flaws in their smile that they wish could be corrected. A chipped front tooth, gray coloring, and teeth that are too small are all difficult to fix. Some dentists may recommend dental veneers as a solution to these common issues. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is custom-fitted to the front of your tooth for a seamless appearance. They can be used for a wide variety of dental issues that will improve the way your smile looks and feels.
While this all sounds excellent for someone who has always been self-conscious of their smile, are veneers really durable? No one wants to invest time and money into their teeth if the smile simply won’t last. Take a look at a few of these common things that most patients need to know before they get their first set of dental veneers.
Porcelain is a very durable material
There is a reason that dentists have been using porcelain to make veneers for their patients. The material of porcelain (similar to a durable form of glass) holds up well to everyday wear and tear. Even in the thinnest slices required to form a veneer, it can still make an extremely durable tooth covering.
The other main thing that patients should take note of is that the veneers should not be sensitive to extremely hot or cold foods. Unless you had some sensitivity prior to having the veneers placed over your teeth, this process should not change much for your mouth. The material itself is able to withstand great variations in temperature with no chipping or cracking.
Steer clear of hard foods
Veneers are incredibly durable, but they aren’t completely indestructible. If you are regularly eating foods or participating in sports that could damage your teeth, veneers will be susceptible to the damage. Chomping down on rock candy might not be the best option if you want your veneers to last. You will also need to find a solution to any teeth grinding problems you might have to prevent long-term damage to the veneers as well.
They will likely need to be replaced eventually
No matter how well you try to take care of your veneers, it is likely that they will be replaced at some point in the next two decades. Most patients see a lifespan of approximately ten to twenty years on their veneers. This is a huge testimony to how strong they can truly be. Twenty years is a long time to keep these porcelain coverings on your teeth.
When you’re ready to correct your smile with veneers, you need to find an expert who can make your transition seamless. At Markham Dental Centre, we have over 30 years of experience in our dental clinic. This makes us the ideal candidate to give you the smile you always wanted. Be sure to give us a call today to see how we can help you to transform your pearly whites into a more beautiful smile!