You’ve been wishing that you had a more dazzling smile. You have a few chips in your teeth, and they’re looking a little yellower than you would like. Fortunately, there is a way to fix that – porcelain veneers in Highland Village. However, just because they can beautify your grin doesn’t mean they are perfect. Read on to learn how to take care of your veneers and keep them from breaking.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are shells, typically made of durable dental porcelain, that are placed on the front surfaces of teeth to mask several imperfections, such as:
- Cracks or chips
- Slightly crooked or rotated teeth
- Gaps between teeth
To make room on your teeth from your veneers, your cosmetic dentist in Highland Village will remove a small layer of enamel. Impressions are then taken of your prepped teeth and sent off to a lab. A few weeks later when they’re ready, they are then permanently bonded to your teeth and your smile is transformed.
If you take proper care of them, veneers can last 10 to 15 years or even more being needing to be replaced. Unfortunately, it is possible for them to break. This is often done by the same activities that can damage natural teeth, like:
- Chewing on ice and hard foods
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
How Can You Keep Your Veneers from Breaking?
Keeping your veneers in good shape is actually quite similar to taking care of your natural teeth. Simply follow these steps:
- Follow a good oral hygiene routine. Veneers might be highly resistant to staining, but it’s still possible for them to get discolored. Be sure to brush and floss your veneers exactly as you would the rest of your teeth. In addition, make sure you see your dentist every six months for a checkup so they can see how your veneers are doing and let you know if they need to be replaced.
- Protect your teeth. If you play sports, it’s never a bad idea to wear a mouthguard to help avoid injuries to your teeth. Ask your dentist about getting a custom sports guard to protect your smile.
- Use your teeth for eating only. Teeth were not meant to be used as tools. If you want to avoid germs and keep your veneers intact, don’t use your teeth to open or carry things.
- Ask your dentist if you grind your teeth. This condition is called bruxism, and it should be addressed before you get veneers. Your dentist will be able to recognize the signs of it. Constant grinding could wear down your veneers and drastically shorten their lifespan. The solution may be as simple as wearing a nightguard from your dentist.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to make your smile shine, but they aren’t indestructible. Be sure to follow the steps listed above to make them last.
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Thomas graduated from New York University’s School of Dentistry before moving to Highland Village, TX in 2013. Every year he completes more than 200 hours of continuing education in order to provide his patients with the best, most modern cosmetic dentistry he can offer. If you think porcelain veneers might be right for you, contact Dr. Thomas on his website or at (469)-444-6500.