Dental veneers are a great way of covering problems with your teeth. They can give you a bright, white smile, plus they can cover up many minor imperfections, giving you a Hollywood-style grin. They require you to take proper care of them once you get them. The better you care for them, the longer they last. If you want to have a picture-perfect smile that lasts for 10 or more years, make sure you follow these guidelines to help them look great and last.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are a thin bit of porcelain that is placed over the front of your teeth. They are made of porcelain so that they give the same type of look as your natural teeth. The porcelain is shined up to reflect like tooth enamel, and they can be set to match your current teeth or even whiten your teeth from their previous state. Before you get them, we would trim down your teeth slightly, and make a mold. The veneers are created from that mold to perfectly fit your teeth. Once they come in from the lab, we cement them on your teeth, and like that, your smile is basically perfect.
How to Properly Care for Dental Veneers
There are a few things to do to make sure you are taking proper care of your veneers. First, make sure that you keep up with your dental hygiene. This means brushing in the morning and again at night. You also need to floss each night, and use mouthwash to rinse afterwards to get all the extra bacteria your flossing may have missed. This also means coming in for a cleaning and checkup every six months. The more you do to take care of your mouth, the less likely you are to have any problems with your veneers.
Second, you must avoid chewing on, or biting anything that is not food. This can quickly damage that delicate porcelain veneer, and cause a lot of problems. It can cause your veneer to chip or break. Plus, it can also cause it to loosen the cement bond to your tooth. This could cause it to come loose, leaving you to either have it reapplied, or have an entirely new veneer created.
Third, you must protect your mouth. Veneers can last a very long time, but that is only with proper care and protection. If you regularly go out and play contact sports, for example, make sure to wear a mouth guard. If you struggle with snoring or apnea, you may be wearing a mouth guard anyway. Keep wearing it with your veneers, as you need it to sleep properly and breathe well.
Should Your Dental Veneers Break
If you ever find yourself in a situation where your dental veneers break, call our office. What we will have you do is bring in the piece of veneer, if you have it. If we can cement it back in place, we will. If not, we will then figure out if you can use the same mold or if a new one has to be made. Then, we will send that mold back to the lab, and have a new veneer created. We will make sure to put a temporary veneer in place to cover and protect your tooth while your new veneer is being made. Then, as we did the first time, you will come in for cementing and be on your way.
Dental veneers are great for helping to take care of your smile when imperfections are present. Call us today for more information!