Dental veneers are a great option when you want to restore the natural beauty of your smile. When a tooth becomes cracked or discolored, slightly misaligned, or gaps have appeared, your Centennial, CO dentist may recommend veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells, typically made of porcelain and customized to your teeth in both shape and color, then cemented onto the surface of the tooth. To make the veneer fit seamlessly into your smile, your dentist will need to remove some of the affected tooth enamel. For this reason, veneers are intended to be as permanent as possible.
According to the American Dental Association, veneers can last up to a decade with proper care. But veneers are susceptible to breakage if mistreated. Therefore, an ideal care regimen should include:
- Brush and floss regularly.
- Avoid teeth grinding – If you tend to grind your teeth, your dentist may prescribe a bite guard.
- Wear oral protection – When playing sports or other impact activities, you should wear a mouthguard.
- Avoid biting hard surfaces – Your teeth are chewing tools, not pliers or clamps. Don't use them to loosen knots or open bottles or packaging. Likewise, avoid chewing exceptionally hard foods, mints, etc.