Dental veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain that are used to cover each tooth. They restore your teeth’s whiteness and help fix your dental imperfections. Veneers have become popular in recent years because they are very effective and durable. This means you will not have to worry about getting them replaced anytime soon.
Despite their durability, veneers can be damaged if you expose your teeth to harmful objects like hard substances. These could lead to chipping and breaking. Using them for anything other than eating can cause damage as well.
Making your veneers last longer
Dental veneers can last a very long time, but you will need to do a good job maintaining them to ensure that you get your money’s worth.
The best ways to make your veneers last include:
Good oral hygiene
Having good oral hygiene is essential for properly maintaining your dental veneers. This means that you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. You should also use mouthwash after brushing and make sure you see your dentist at least twice a year. Regular visits to the dentist will allow your dentist to check the veneers to make sure they are in good condition and provide you with tips on how to properly care for them.
Protect your teeth
If you are physically active and enjoy playing sports, make sure you protect your veneers from damage by wearing protective mouth guards any time you are playing sports. The mouth guard can absorb impact to the face that would normally result in your veneers getting chipped or broken, preventing them from getting damaged.
Do not use your teeth as tools
Some people have a habit of using their teeth as tools to open bottled drinks or tear packages. Doing this increases your chances of damaging your dental veneers, which will cost you money to fix. Instead of ruining your veneers by using your teeth as tools, you should use the tools that were created for these purposes and save your veneers from damage and possible infection.
Stop grinding your teeth
Grinding your teeth is a good way to ruin your veneers, which is why your dentist will tell you to avoid grinding your teeth after getting dental veneers. However, most people grind their teeth in their sleep and are usually unaware that they are doing so. Thus, you should use mouth guards when you go to sleep to protect your veneers. You can buy mouth guards at the department or sporting goods store. But, if you want one that will fit your mouth perfectly, ask your dentist to make one specifically for you.
Dental veneers are great for your teeth because they allow you to fix most cosmetic problems you have with your teeth and restore your smile. If you have dental veneers, ask your dentist about the best ways to protect them and make them last as long as possible.
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