How Durable Are Veneers Compared to Real Teeth?
Porcelain dental veneers are some of the most versatile and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments available. These innovative restorations can be the ideal solution for common aesthetic dental issues such as chips, gaps, severe discoloration, and many other concerns. One of the major benefits of porcelain veneers is that they are designed with durability in mind. In fact, the material that composes porcelain veneers from Dr. Harold A. Pollack here at Beautiful Smiles is comparable in strength to natural tooth enamel.
The high-quality porcelain utilized for our veneer procedures is made to be extremely resistant to fractures, stains, and wear-and-tear. With that in mind, porcelain veneers are not “unbreakable,” and care must be taken to ensure they are not placed under excessive pressure or stress. Trying to open a bottle or a package with your teeth is never a good idea. Just as those actions can break a natural tooth, they can also break a porcelain veneer. It’s also important to exercise care when eating hard foods such as nuts, kernels, candy, and others. If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping, it’s often advisable to wear a nightguard, which can provide exceptional protection for your veneers, not to mention your natural teeth. Plus, be sure to maintain good brushing and flossing habits, in addition to coming in for regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Cavities and decay that may form under the veneer can ultimately create a weakened foundation and compromise its structural integrity.
By taking some simple precautions, porcelain veneers can last for very long periods of time. In fact, it’s not uncommon for them to last decades! If you are considering porcelain veneers as an option to enhance your smile, please don’t hesitate to contact Beautiful Smiles by Dr. Harold A. Pollack today.