Dental veneers are a great way of addressing minor cosmetic problems with your teeth. If your smile is looking a little rough due to chipped or stained teeth, or from teeth that are too short or unevenly spaced, veneers may be the answer for you. Veneers are thin shells made out of porcelain which fit over the fronts of your teeth. They are custom-made to fit your teeth and are shaded to blend in with the rest of your smile. Veneers can be used to conceal chips and stains, lengthen teeth that are too short, or close the gaps between teeth that are unevenly spaced.
Veneers are held in place by dental cement. If you take proper care of them they can last between ten to fifteen years before your dentist needs to replace them. They are not designed to last a lifetime, and your dentist will need to check them during your visits.
Despite their durability, if you eat hard foods or chew on ice, you run the risk of doing damage to your veneers. If you are in the habit of chewing on pens or other objects, you may chip your veneers. If you are the kind of person who opens a bag of potato chips by holding one corner between your teeth and giving the bag a good yank, you could be calling the dentist to have your veneers repaired. Some people are in the habit of clenching or grinding their teeth. This condition is known as bruxism and many people do it subconsciously, or while they sleep. If your dentist notices this condition, you will have to address it, and may need to wear a night guard while you sleep. Your veneers are vulnerable to staining from dark colored foods and beverages, and there is a possibility that the dental cement will wear out over time.
Aside from avoiding behavior that can damage your veneers, you should brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for your routine cleanings and checkups.
If you live in the Flintstone, Georgia area and would like to learn more about veneers, our dentist, Dr. Kenneth Pilgrim will be happy to spend some time talking with you. To make an appointment, call 706-820-0413 today. Let’s get you started on the road to a fantastic smile