Every Dentist Needs Your Help Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

Is It Time To Update Your Veneers?

Nothing creates the look of perfect teeth as easily as dental veneers. One day you have stained, misshapen teeth, and the next day your smile is flawless. Sometimes, your veneers could use some maintenance. To find out more, read below so you can preserve and protect your glowing smile.

How Long Can Your Veneers Last?

It's quick and easy to have veneers applied, but they may not last your lifetime. If you take good care of your teeth and visit your dentist often, it definitely helps your veneers stay nice. The first sign of problems with a veneer might be changes in appearance, such as cracks forming, or the veneer may appear to be peeling away from the surface of the tooth. In the worst cases, you may lose your veneer entirely when it comes off of your tooth. While no veneer lasts a lifetime, with care they can remain viable for years and years.

Problems With Veneers

One of the main issues with veneers is that the adhesive that makes the veneer stick to the tooth can weaken and fail. Once a veneer cracks or begins to peel, you should see your dentist right away. If the veneer is gone, your teeth are exposed to damage. That is because the tooth underneath will have been shaved down to make the veneer adhere better.

Damage to veneers often occurs on the edges where they come into contact with food. Never chew hard candies or ice — doing so can cause a lot of problems with your veneers (and your other teeth, for that matter).

Another problem with veneers is when cavities form on the tooth under them. Veneers are no protection against decay. Having regular dental check-ups is important. Your dental hygenist and dentist can often spot the beginnings of a problem with a veneer and repair it before things get much worse.

What To Do

If you notice a problem with your veneer, call the dentist right away. Fast action can save a veneer from further damage. If the veneer has been there for a while, it might be better to have it removed and replaced with a fresh, new veneer. New veneers can be made of stronger materials. If the veneer problem is fairly minor, your dentist can make repairs using special dental adhesives. No matter the outcome, having regular visits with your dentist will ensure that not only your veneers but your whole mouth stay healthy. Speak to your dentist to find out more.

About Me

Every Dentist Needs Your Help Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

When I was a child and teenager, I always left the dentist's office with the great feeling of having no cavities. When I went away to college out-of-state, I had to switch to a new dentist in my area. It seemed like I was suddenly getting cavities and started wonder what my new dentist "was doing wrong". When I spoke to my mother about it, she reminded me that the reason I never had cavities when I was living it home was because she always made sure my siblings and I brushed and flossed daily and didn't eat too much sugar. I then realized that my late-night study sessions drinking sugary soda and my suddenly bad brushing habits were the true causes of my cavities. I have since learned a lot more about dental health I am eager to share with anyone who needs the advice!


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