Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting solution for correcting a number of common cosmetic dental problems. However, it is unlikely that they will last for a lifetime. You can realistically expect your veneers to last for upwards of ten years, but much of this will depend on the care you take of them. During your Phoenix cosmetic dentistry consultation, Dr. Wilcox will discuss the durability of porcelain veneers. He will also provide you with detailed care instructions to help guard against damaging your veneers. How to Protect Your Veneers Porcelain is incredibly strong, but it is not invulnerable. Things such as hard candy and ice can chip or crack veneers, making it best to avoid chewing on these things after your veneers are placed. In addition, abrasive toothpaste and toothbrushes with medium or hard bristles can scratch veneers. Dr. Wilcox recommends you use a toothpaste formulated for dental restorations and a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid these issues. Mouthwash with alcohol can weaken the bonding materials that hold veneers in place. While this will not damage veneers, it call allow them to become loose and fall off of your teeth. Dr. Wilcox can discuss what type, if any, mouthwash will be best to use after your veneers are placed. Caring for veneers is actually quite simple and requires very little change to your normal routine. When cared for properly, your veneers can last for several years, providing you with the straight, white, and flawless smile you deserve. For more information on prolonging cosmetic dentistry results, please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule a consultation with Phoenix, Arizona dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox.