If you are restoring a damaged tooth, dental veneers are an excellent option. A veneer is a thin shell that is placed onto the surface of your tooth and is made out of porcelain in order to look completely natural. It can save a cracked or chipped tooth and help your smile to look beautiful at the same time. They are supposed to last for five to ten years but by taking care of them you can help your veneers to last longer. Here are some simple steps you can try to keep them in good condition:
- Wear a mouth guard. Sports injuries are the leading cause of adult tooth damage according to the American Dental Association. If you wear a mouth guard while practicing or playing, you can prevent a lot of tooth injuries. This is important because veneers are not immune from becoming damaged.
- Daily care. It is important to brush and floss your teeth throughout the day. We recommend using a soft toothbrush so that you don’t irritate your teeth, veneers or gums. Make sure to floss as well so that you can remove food from in between your teeth. Follow this up by rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash in order to eliminate bacteria that can lead to an infection. Dental veneers are placed on top of your existing teeth, making it important to take care of them.
- Dental exams. You should have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year so that we can remove plaque, bacteria and anything else that can lead to an infection. This also allows us to treat any cavities or signs of gum disease.
- Watch what goes in your mouth. Needless to say, you should only eat food. Don’t chew ice, bite on pencils or bite your nails. If you do, you could cause your veneers to move or break. They can even fall off so stick to eating your favorite foods instead.
- Don’t grind your teeth. People that grind their teeth at night will often wake up with severe headaches in addition to having damaged teeth. Grinding can cause your teeth to break or chip. If you have dental veneers, grinding can cause them to break as well. We have an easy solution. You can wear a customized night guard that prevents your upper and lower teeth from touching each other. This eliminates the risk of your teeth grinding or clenching. Your veneers will be protected, and you will have less pain and fewer headaches.
As a cosmetic dentist, we know that by taking care of your veneers and your teeth you will feel better and stay in better health overall. Some of these steps are easy to take on your own while others require the assistance of a licensed dentist. Regardless of how large or small your questions are, we would be happy to assist you so give us a call to schedule your appointment right away.