Porcelain veneers are designed to be long-lasting dental restorations, but they are not permanent. Clinical studies have shown that 95% of porcelain veneers last 11 years or more. That means that if you have 12 porcelain veneers placed, six above and six below, there is a 60% chance that within 11 years you will have to replace one veneer, and a 40% chance you won’t have to replace any. That is, if you do everything necessary to ensure the best results from your porcelain veneers.

To maximize the lifetime of your porcelain veneers, you should:

  • Follow our care instructions. Mostly this means making your regular dental appointments and not using an abrasive toothpaste.
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. Your teeth should be used for smiling and chewing, not opening bottles, cracking nuts, breaking ice, or biting any non-food object.
  • Get your veneers from a neuromuscular dentist. Bad bite can be rough on your teeth. Many of the problems you wanted to correct with porcelain veneers may reoccur if you don’t have your bite resolved before treatment. A neuromuscular dentist can evaluate your bite to be sure it won’t result in any significant damage to your veneers.

Porcelain veneers are one of the most successful treatment options in cosmetic dentistry. To learn how this procedure can help you, please contact a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles today.

This is a very difficult question to answer because it’s hard to know. You might consider a comparison with different objects to get perspective on the question.

On the one hand, porcelain veneers are an aesthetic object, like a Grecian urn. Like the Grecian urn, they pass their days uttering “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” every time you smile. And like the Grecian urn, they have the ability to outlive us all, and, who knows, perhaps in some strange distant future will end up in a museum somewhere, perhaps on a different planet telling the story of humanity to alien children or discovered in a cave to prove that men really did have a civilization before the apes.

On the other hand, porcelain veneers are a tool, like a hammer. Properly cared for, a hammer will last a really long time, but if left out in the rain it will rust and if used for something other than its intended purpose it may break. Porcelain veneers become part of your teeth and they assist in the job of chewing. When properly cared for and used for their intended purpose, they can last a very long time. In normal situations, clinical studies have shown that 95% of porcelain veneers are intact 11 years after placement. But if you neglect them or use them inappropriately (say as bottle openers or nutcrackers), they can fail much sooner.

At Miami Designer Smiles our cosmetic dentists will not only expertly place your well-crafted porcelain veneers, but also give you detailed care instructions so they will remain, capable of shedding light in the midst of other woes. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation.

If you are concerned about stained teeth, there are many ways to prevent it. The first way to prevent staining of your teeth is to cut down on staining foods and habits. The worst things for staining your teeth are:

  • Smoking
  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Chocolate
  • Red wine
  • Berries

If you cut down on these foods, you will dramatically decrease the staining of your teeth. However, many of us have trouble giving up these foods and habits. It is very difficult to quit smoking, and many people are only able to kick coffee by substituting it with black tea. And how else will you unwind after work if you give up your glass of red wine?

The next best thing you can do to reduce the staining of your teeth is to make your regular dental appointments. Professional cleanings can remove a lot of stains before they become deeply embedded in your enamel. And protecting your enamel with good oral hygiene will prevent it from thining, which will allow the discoloring dentin underneath to show through.

Finally, if you are still unhappy with your discolored teeth, you can improve their color with a teeth whitening procedure. The best procedure for long-term correction of discolored teeth is a system with take-home trays that allow you to whiten your teeth the same way they get stained–a little bit every day. This type of procedure will keep your teeth as white as the enamel will allow.

To learn more about teeth whitening, please schedule a consultation at Miami Designer Smiles today.

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Any time your teeth are moved with an orthodontic treatment, there is a risk that they will drift back to their original position. Sometimes, the same forces that caused misalignment of your teeth in the first place may drive the return of crooked teeth. Other times, tissue memory simply pulls your teeth back to where your body thinks they belong. To prevent this, a retainer is used to keep your teeth in their desired configuration, whether your teeth are straightened with metal braces or Invisalign. Ironically, one of the common reason adults seek Invisalign is that they did not wear a retainer after having their teeth straightened when they were teens.

The good news is that you don’t have to wear your retainer all the time. Wearing your retainer at night a few days a week is generally sufficient to keep your teeth straight.

If you are looking for a tooth straightening option that does not require a retainer, consider instant orthodontics. This procedure uses porcelain veneers and dental crowns to reshape slightly crooked teeth, making them straight. Because instant orthodontics doesn’t actually move your tooth roots, there is no tendency for them to shift back and therefore you don’t need a retainer.

To learn what orthodontic option is best for you, please contact a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles today.

If you are considering a dental implant, it is because you have lost or are going to lose a natural tooth. Although most dental implants are permanent, they are also vulnerable to many of the same factors that caused your natural tooth loss.

Although tooth implants are not natural teeth, they are still vulnerable to bacterial attack. The bacteria cannot attack the tooth itself, but severe periodontal disease can damage the jawbone which supports the dental implant. When this happens, your dental implant may fall out.

Severe trauma can also knock out a dental implant. Most trauma to the mouth will simply damage the tooth crown, which can be easily replaced, but some may dislodge the dental implant. If this occurs, you may have to wait for healing to occur or even receive a bone graft prior to replacing your implant.

In rare cases, a tooth implant may just not integrate properly with your jawbone. If you have a poor healing response, this may be more of a risk, but other factors influence this as well. Technology is constantly advancing, and success rates for dental implants are at an all-time high.

To learn more about the factors influencing the success of your tooth implant procedure, please contact Miami Designer Smiles to talk to one of our cosmetic dentists today.