Porcelain veneers have a lifespan of 7 to 20 years. However, in order to extend their life to the fullest, proper care is important.
Maintaining your veneers is relatively simple, and you should treat them as you would your natural teeth. Brush with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. There is no need to be afraid of damaging your laminates with routine oral hygiene.
Generally your dentist will have you return for an evaluation shortly after your veneers are placed to determine how your mouth is accepting the veneers. This visit is an important step towards successful oral health. This visit would also be an opportunity for you to ask your dentist any questions or voice any concerns you might have about your new veneers.
If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you should notify your dentist so they may fit you with a protective night bite guard. Regular use of this type of guard will ensure your veneers do not suffer involuntary damage while you are sleeping.
Porcelain veneers are very durable and should not stain. However, if you have concerns about staining, you may want to consider avoiding or minimizing food and drinks which are known to cause staining issues. Porcelain is strong but also brittle. Chewing on bones or hard candies or opening nuts with your teeth is not advisable. As with natural teeth, it is advised that you keep your sugar intake low and confined to meal times.
When properly cared for, there is no higher occurrence of tooth decay with dental veneers. Proper oral hygiene, routine checkups, and professional cleanings by your dentist will allow you to keep your bright new smile for years to come.