How to Make the Most of Your Veneers

How to Make the Most of Your Veneers

Your smile is like your calling card to the world. You make a first impression on people when you smile. If you’re hiding your smile because you’re not confident about how it looks, you can change all that with dental veneers

Veneers are an excellent investment in your smile because they can cover all types of imperfections, from chips to irregular lengths. You can also select the exact shade that you want for your teeth, often achieving much better results than you get from even professional tooth whitening. Dr. Anette Betancor of Dente Complete Dentistry explains more about how you can make your veneers last as long as possible.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin placed over the top of your natural teeth. They are designed to look and feel just like your normal teeth. Veneers cover discoloration, chips, cracks, and crooked teeth. The result is a very Hollywood-worthy kind of smile.

To put dental veneers in place, we first file down your natural teeth a bit to make room for them. The amount of tooth enamel that we remove is very small, but it does mean that when we remove veneers, we’ll have to replace them with another set of veneers. It’s essential to take good care of your veneers.

How long veneers last

How long your dental veneers will last depends on a few factors, but the most important one is how well you take care of them. 

Porcelain veneers last longer on average compared to veneers made of composite resin. Either type of veneer should last for several years at a minimum, which you can extend with good habits and regular dental care.

You can encourage the longevity of your veneers by following some of these tips:

Avoid grinding your teeth.

Tooth grinding (also called bruxism) may be something you do when you’re asleep or when you’re awake. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may not even be aware of it. But grinding your teeth can damage your veneers. Dr. Betancor can fit you for a custom mouthguard to wear in your sleep to protect your teeth.

Don’t bite hard surfaces.

Veneers are generally pretty resistant to chipping, but certain bad habits can still cause problems. Avoid using your teeth to open packages or loosen knots. Use a pair of scissors instead of using your teeth. Similarly, avoid habits like crunching on ice or chewing on pens.

Limit or avoid staining foods and drinks.

Just like natural teeth, veneers are at risk of getting stained. Limit or avoid consuming foods and drinks that stain, including coffee, red wine, and dark berries. You should also avoid smoking.

Brush with appropriate toothpaste.

You should still brush and floss your teeth, of course. But more than that, you should make sure that you use appropriate toothpaste for veneers. Avoid any toothpaste that contains baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or sodium bicarbonate. These ingredients are too harsh for natural teeth as well as for veneers, but you may notice that they wear down your veneers more quickly.

If you would like to consider getting veneers, they can be one of the best investments that you can make in your smile. Call Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry for a consultation today or request an appointment online.

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