There are many reasons to have dental veneers fitted. Most people will be looking to correct aesthetic imperfections and protect their enamel from further damage — or a mixture of the two. Whatever your reasoning was for choosing a veneer, it's now an important part of your smile, and chances are you'll want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. Generally, veneers are expected to last for approximately 10 to 15 years before you'll need to replace them, but what exactly can you do to improve on that lifespan?
Excellent Dental Hygiene
Of course, you'll want to practice good dental hygiene anyway, but you should remember that veneers are vulnerable to many of the same problems as your natural teeth and require the same type and amount of care. It's a matter of balancing exactly how much time and effort you'd like to put in. For example, brushing your teeth after every meal may be inconvenient, but it's your best defence against staining and dental discomfort. Equally, it's recommended that you establish a good flossing routine to keep the gaps between your veneers clear of any debris.
Refrain From Smoking
Many dentists would tell people without veneers to stop smoking too — but it's certainly true that your veneers are vulnerable to nicotine staining. When you first have them fitted, it may be that your veneers are fitted with an anti-stain resin, but don't assume you're safe! This resin will degrade naturally over time through general wear and tear. If you must smoke, it will help to brush your teeth after smoking, but ideally, you should resist the urge entirely.
Reduce Tea, Coffee and Sugar
It's easy to picture a tea or coffee mug stained from years of coffee-drinking. With that image in mind, recall that your veneers are made of porcelain too. You can decrease your chances of staining by rinsing out your mouth with water after every drink of tea or coffee, but it's best to reduce the amount you're drinking in the first place. Maybe this is your chance to kick that caffeine habit? While you're making small adjustments to your diet, you should think about cutting down on sugar too. Veneers are susceptible to decay, just like natural teeth, and sugar is a notorious catalyst for this. Remember that healthier-feeling options, such as fruit juices, are naturally high in sugar.
In short, taking care of your veneers is not unlike caring for your 'real' teeth. The only difference is that they are an expensive item you'll need to invest in, so working hard to keep them looking great for longer is very wise indeed. Good luck!