Porcelain veneers do not have an expiration date; once they are bonded to your teeth, they are designed to be durable and resilient. However, on average, most porcelain veneers need to be replaced after about 10 or 15 years. You can help your veneers potentially last even longer by taking proper care of them.
Practicing good dental hygiene is the number one way you can protect your Porcelain veneers. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, as well as keeping up with your bi-annual teeth cleanings and exams. If decay is allowed to develop on a tooth that your veneer is attached to, you will risk losing that veneer too soon. Our experienced Boston cosmetic dentists will inspect your veneers each time you come to our office to ensure they are still strongly bonded and issue-free.
The same bad habits that can damage your real teeth can also damage your porcelain veneers. Chewing on ice, using your teeth as an opening or cutting tool, and/or biting your fingernails should all be avoided. It’s also important to use a mouthguard if you grind or clench your teeth at night (a condition called “bruxism”), since this can harm both your veneers and your natural teeth.
If you have further questions about proper care for porcelain veneers, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today or call 781-396-8558 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Boston cosmetic dentists. We serve patients throughout Winchester, Somerville, Cambridge, Medford, and surrounding areas of Boston, Massachusetts.