Dental veneers are essentially thin shells made of either porcelain or a composite resin that go over your natural teeth. Veneers are used to correct your teeth's appearance if they're worn, damaged, stained, or crooked. Veneers are a great option to help give you beautiful and very natural looking teeth. Given proper care, dental veneers can keep your smile looking great for well over 10 years. Below we'll talk about what it takes to keep veneers in great shape.
Practice Regular Oral Hygiene
Dental veneers help fix your teeth's look, but that doesn't mean you get to slack off on brushing your teeth or flossing. Always be sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, and don't forget to floss between your teeth to clean out what your toothbrush might've missed! Proper cleaning is possibly the most important thing to keep your dental veneers looking flawless for many years. A word of caution though - mouthwashes that contain alcohol can damage the composite that bonds the veneers to your teeth and cause them to loosen and even fall off. So, if you have veneers, refrain from using mouthwash if it has alcohol in it.
Things to Avoid
While veneers don't require any special maintenance, there are some things to watch out for and even avoid. Vigorous exercise and sports that can cause teeth to clench together can actually damage veneers. Using mouth guards while exercising, however, can help mitigate this. Chewing on your fingernails, ice, and other hard items can damage your veneers as well, so try to avoid them. Taking precautions and avoiding activities that can damage the integrity of your dental veneers will help them last a long time.
Dental veneers are a wonderful way to improve your teeth and help boost your self-esteem. If you're interested in them or have any questions about your current veneers, don't hesitate to give us a call.