Though they’re often called porcelain veneers, most dentists now use a composite resin material or advanced ceramics in veneers instead. The major benefits of ceramic veneers include a much more durable, long-lasting and natural-looking smile.
The strength of veneers can also benefit patients with bruxism. After observing veneered patients with bruxism, researchers found just 14% of patients experienced minor chipping, which was resolved with only minimal polishing. The ceramic material used in veneers is twice as strong as tooth enamel, which means veneers not only improve the look of the tooth, but the functionality and resilience of it as well.
Though veneers are not impervious to damage such as chips and wear over time, you can the life of your veneers by treating them as you would your natural teeth. Ways in which you can keep your veneer strong, healthy, and looking natural and new include:
- Wearing a night guard while you sleep (if recommended)
- Chewing food using the molars rather than the front teeth
- Not using the teeth to open packages
- Not chewing on objects such as fingernails, straws or pens
By taking great care of your veneers, you can extend the life of your new smile and feel confident in your veneers for years to come. Many patients report no problems with their veneers after ten years, and patients who meticulously maintain their veneers can experience a lifespan of up to twenty years.
If you find you are avoiding smiling in photographs, or if you simply have a discolored tooth that is impacting your smile, Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane Valley can help.
If you are ready to dramatically transform your smile, please call (509) 927-2273 today and schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.