Veneers are a great choice for repairing minor damage to your teeth. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They can conceal minor chips and stains, and even close the gaps between teeth that have are unevenly spaced. But remember that veneers require removing some of your tooth enamel, which means that the procedure is irreversible. So, it is important that you take proper care of them. With the right care, your veneers can last for 10 to 15 years.
Although your veneers will need to be replaced eventually, there are things that you can do to make them last. Brushing and flossing are key to ensuring success. Although your veneers protect the fronts of your teeth, the backs are still vulnerable to decay. If you grind or clench your teeth, which is a condition called bruxism, you can damage your veneers. You will need to work with your dentist to address the problem. Hard or tough foods can damage your veneers, as can chewing on ice or objects like pens or pencils. Dark-colored foods and beverages can stain your veneers. While over-the-counter whitening treatments will not restore the color of your veneers, your dentist can polish them. Of course, you need to see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. While you are at the office, your dentist will check your veneers for damage, and to make sure that the dental cement holding them in place is does not need to be replaced.
If you have minor cosmetic damage to your teeth, you can talk with our dentist, Dr. Allen Daniels about veneers. If you would like to know more, or if it is time for your regular appointment, you can make an appointment at Bright Dental in Lawrenceburg, Indiana by calling phone. Let’s get started with your new smile!