Dental veneers are tooth-shaped shells of ceramic customized to the fronts of cosmetically flawed teeth. This procedure creates a bright, uniform appearance that matches your smile and corrects discoloration, uneven spacing, and other tooth imperfections.
Veneers are long-lasting because we remove a layer of tooth enamel before securely bonding the restoration to your tooth. However, the way you treat your veneer will significantly impact its lifespan. Your good hygiene habits could help your veneers in White Bear Lake, MN, last as long as a decade.
Care and Maintenance Extends Veneer Life
In general, Dr. Anderson Paul at White Bear Smiles will recommend you maintain your veneers as you do your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day will keep them clean and protect the overall tooth. An advantage of veneers is that they also resist staining. But they can be damaged, so here is further guidance.
- Don't grind your teeth – Ceramic may crack and chip under these forces, so you should wear a custom night guard if you have a teeth-grinding habit.
- Wear mouth protection – Always use a proper mouthguard when playing sports or participating in activities with potential tooth impact.
- Avoid biting hard substances – While it's tempting to use your teeth to untangle knots or tear at packaging, this is especially damaging to your veneers. So take a moment and find the right tool before resorting to using your teeth.