Veneers, which are thin shells that cover the visible portions of the front teeth, can hide a host of dental flaws, such as discoloration, chips, and odd shapes. If you get veneers, there are some simple things you can do to help them stay looking great for years.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells that are made of resin or porcelain, and they’re permanently bonded to your teeth to cover up minor flaws. Among the things veneers can do are the following:
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Hide and strengthen cracked and chipped teeth
- Cover small teeth
- Cover irregularly shaped teeth
- Improve the look of discolored teeth
Once your dentist has reviewed your dental history, completed an examination of your teeth, and discussed your dental goals with you, they’ll determine if veneers will be able to help you get the smile you want.
Tips to help your veneers go the distance
Once your veneers are fitted and bonded to your teeth, there are a few things you can do to keep them looking great for a long time. If cared for properly, veneers can last 20 years or longer.
Practice good oral hygiene
It’s important to keep your teeth and your veneers clean by brushing and flossing every day. Use a nonabrasive toothpaste, a soft bristled toothbrush, and use circular motions when brushing. Brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day, making sure to floss between all of your teeth.
Taking care of your teeth will also help you take care of your gums. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, you could develop gum disease. And if you develop gum disease, this could cause your gums to recede, which could allow the edge of your veneers to be revealed.
Get regular checkups
Getting regular dental checkups, which is typically twice a year, is an important part of any dental care plan. These appointments allow your dentist to thoroughly clean your teeth and examine them for any problems.
Checkups are also a great time for your dentist to check for any issues with your veneers, such as cracks or chips, although these issues are uncommon.
Avoid grinding your teeth or chewing on objects
Although veneers are very strong and can handle the normal wear and tear that teeth do, you should take extra care if you grind your teeth at night or while you’re awake. Grinding your teeth can damage your teeth and veneers. You can prevent damage by wearing a bite guard.
Furthermore, if you regularly use your teeth to chew on objects or open items, you should refrain from doing so, as doing these things could damage your veneers.
To learn more about getting veneers or caring for them, book an appointment online or over the phone with Skyview Dentistry today.