Tips for making your dental veneers last

Dental_veneersDental veneers are one of the best investments you can make in your appearance. They are long-lasting dental restorations that have almost no recovery time associated with the procedure – meaning you can start enjoying life with your new smile immediately!

However, as wonderful as they are, dental veneers are not maintenance free. There are several steps you can take to help your veneers last as long as possible – which is typically anywhere between seven and 20 years.

  • Brush and floss regularly. Although veneers are made of porcelain, there is a living tooth underneath this covering, so you will need to keep them clean to keep up the health of your mouth.
  • Treat temporary veneers gently. The first set of veneers that may be applied are often temporary and made of resin. Don’t eat overly hard or crunchy foods with these veneers, and avoid anything that would put your teeth under excessive stress.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups, including the one immediately after the veneers are placed. This will help him or her determine how well your veneers are performing.
  • Don’t use an abrasive toothpaste on your dental veneers. This can damage the surface of your veneers. Your dentist can recommend brands that are safe to use.
  • Get a night guard if you are prone to grinding your teeth in your sleep. Teeth grinding can damage your veneers.
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools! Veneers are made of porcelain – and so is fine china! That’s a good way to remember how vulnerable your new smile can be if you are not careful. Remember to use appropriate hand tools (such as scissors or knives) to cut or tear things, and do not to carry things with your teeth!

“Dental veneers can be easy to care for and long lasting, if a few simple rules are followed,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix.

Comments

  1. Westly Smith says:

    Thanks for the great tips about how to maintain veneers. I know a couple of people who think that veneers don’t require any maintenance work. However, like you say, you still need to brush and use floss daily! That’s important for any kind of teeth.

  2. Nathan Johnson says:

    I have been considering getting dental veneers to cover a few of my teeth. One thing that I am concerned about is keeping the veneers looking good for a long time. I appreciate you giving these tips about veneer maintenance. It seems like treating your teeth with general common sense will help them last for a while. Thanks for the info!

  3. Sam Wilkins says:

    Great tip about asking your dentist about what toothpaste to use. It makes sense that you wouldn’t want to use some that will scratch up the veneers or damage them. I’m considering seeing a cosmetic dentist to talk about getting veneers, so I will make sure to ask about that if I do.

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