November 4, 2018
Porcelain veneers are a fast way to a beautiful set of pearly whites. This almost magical cosmetic treatment can conceal a number of flaws in your smile like chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, and more. If you already have veneers, do you know how to make them last the longest? If you have flaws in your smile that you want corrected, have you considered porcelain veneers in Fort Collins? Keep reading to discover what veneers are and some tips on how to best take care of them.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, they are used to, “Re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” You can choose the exact size, shape, and color of your veneers, so you can achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
This cosmetic treatment is super popular in Hollywood because it can easily change the shape and color of just one, or many teeth in a smile. So, if you have numerous imperfections but want to achieve a movie-star grin, porcelain veneers are for you!
How Can I Make My Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, and their lifespan will depend on how well you take care of them. They are long-term solutions for chipped, broken, cracked, or stained teeth, but they will eventually need replacement. The best way to make your veneers last is to practice a good oral healthcare routine.
What’s great about porcelain veneers is that you can treat them just as you would your natural teeth. Brush them twice a day and floss once a day to clean plaque and debris from all of the surfaces of your teeth. If you think about it, each tooth has 5 sides: the front, back, top, left side, and right side. Flossing in between your veneers is important to clean the left and right sides that can’t be reached by your brush. Dental porcelain is stain-resistant, but you may consider cutting down on coffee, wine, or other stain-inducing foods and drinks.
Veneers will always need replacement, but good oral hygiene will help them last as long as possible. Does it sound like porcelain veneers are right for your smile? Contact your cosmetic dentist in Fort Collins to get started on a dazzling grin.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Shiloh Lindsey is a Colorado native who loves caring for patients in her community. She enjoys being able to boost her patients’ confidence by using porcelain veneers to transform smiles. She currently practices at Aspen Dental Care, and she can be contacted through her website or by phone at (970) 482-3166 for any questions you may have.
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