One way to immediately change the whole look of your smile is to get porcelain dental veneers. These thin shells bonded securely to the front surfaces of your teeth can alter the color, size, length or shape of your teeth. The exact shade of the veneers is chosen by you and your dentist to achieve your specific smile goals. They look very natural and your existing chips, cracks, stains or gaps will be long gone when you flash your pearly whites.
Veneers are one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry today. They typically last from 10 to 15 years if you take good care of your teeth and follow your dentist’s directions.
Here are some guidelines to follow that will help you protect your new smile.
Practicing good oral hygiene
One of the greatest advantages of veneers is that they don’t require extra care; follow your normal oral hygiene routine! Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Even though veneers aren’t susceptible to decay, your natural teeth underneath still are. Brushing and flossing helps protect them from damage and extends the life of your veneers.
Using the right tools
Choose a soft toothbrush that won’t harm your veneers or teeth. Hard bristles can scratch your new smile. Also select a gently toothpaste without harsh abrasives.
Watching your diet
Avoid foods and drinks that are prone to staining teeth. Although your porcelain veneers resist stains, the adhesives that attach them are not and can become yellowed or discolored. Avoid items like coffee, teas, sodas, dark sauces, or berries and get in the habit of drinking through a straw.
Avoiding hard objects
Veneers aren’t as strong as your real teeth and may chip or break. Steer clear of chewing on hard objects like ice, pencils and fingernails. Never use your teeth as tools for opening things.
Breaking bad habits
You can severely harm your veneers by teeth grinding or clenching. Ask your dentist for help stopping bad habits like these, or consider getting a mouth guard made to protect your teeth.