Preserving the Longevity of Your Veneers

Veneers, Emanuela Alexandroni, DDS

On average, you can expect your veneers to last 5-10 years. In some cases, though, we’ve seen veneers last as long as 15 years. How long your veneers last largely depends on how you treat them.

Follow these six tips to preserve the longevity of your veneers. By helping them last longer, you’ll save money and spend less time in Dr. Alexandroni’s chair.

1. Brush and floss after meals

At a minimum, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Ideally, you’ll brush and floss after every meal.

Brushing and flossing removes bacteria that cause tooth decay and other oral health problems like gum disease. Although your veneers won’t decay, the teeth behind them can. When that happens, you lose the structure that holds your veneers in place. It doesn’t take long before poor oral hygiene makes your veneers useless.

2. Avoid snacking during the day

Unless you have the discipline to brush and floss after a snack, you should avoid snacking during the day. Each snack increases your risk of cavities.

If you do snack, choose healthy foods that won’t damage your teeth. Focus on high-fiber fruits and vegetables to get your saliva flowing. Saliva helps protect your mouth from cavities and gum disease.

Don’t choose foods high in sugar, starch, or acids. That means you should avoid popular snacks like potato chips and candy bars.

3. Start using an electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes make it easier for you to keep your teeth and gums clean. The vibrations from electric toothbrushes help break up plaque to protect you from cavities and gum disease. Many electric toothbrushes also have features that make sure you brush for at least 2 minutes and tell you how much pressure to use.

If you need help choosing an electric toothbrush, Dr. Alexandroni can give you advice.

4. Avoid foods that can stain teeth

When choosing foods and beverages, you should do your best to avoid items that stain your teeth. Anything that can stain your teeth can also stain your veneers. Over time, your veneers can get so stained that you’ll want them replaced.

Some of the foods and drinks that you should avoid include:

Even some healthy foods like blueberries and beets can stain your teeth. If you eat them, make sure you brush as soon as possible to stop stains from setting in.

5. Don’t bite your nails or chew ice

Putting repeated pressure on your veneers can make them crack. You may not be able to see the tiny cracks, but they’ll eventually cause visible damage to your veneers. The small cracks also give bacteria a place to thrive.

You can protect your veneers by avoiding habits like biting your nails and chewing ice, for example. Really, you shouldn’t chew or bite anything other than food. The more pressure you put on your veneers, the more damage you’ll cause.

6. Visit Dr. Alexandroni at least twice a year

Getting your teeth cleaned at least twice a year helps prevent stains and cracks in your veneers. A professional cleaning is also one of the best ways to prevent plaque accumulation.
Coming to our office regularly gives Dr. Alexandroni a chance to look at your teeth for signs of damage.

Schedule your next appointment with Emanuela Alexandroni, DDS, by calling our office at 714-671-2922, or use the online booking tool.

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