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3 Ways To Protect Your Veneers From Damage

by Valerie Stevens

Veneers are often used to correct any faults that your dentists finds with your smile. While veneers are an excellent way to correct dental flaws they must be taken care of in order to last. Most veneers get damaged by ceramic fracture, cracks, chipping or debonding. While wear and tear on veneers is expected over a period of time, you can help slow down the process by taking proper care of your veneers.

Avoid extremely hot and extremely cold beverages

If you are a person who likes to drink a lot of hot teas or beverages then you are putting your veneers at risk for irreversible damage. Similarly, exposing your veneers to too many icy cold beverages overtime can speed up the wear and tear on your veneers. The key is to avoid extreme temperatures in order to keep your veneers as long as possible. The porcelain of your veneer is cemented onto enamel, and the porcelain and cement will expand or contract depending on the temperature. Eventually all veneers will reach a point where the porcelain laminate is too worn and will crack. However, you want to delay this as long as possible by avoiding extreme temperatures.

Delay gum recession

Veneers should be cleaned just like regular teeth. This means that your normal brushing and use of mouthwash regimen is still effective. However, since the edge of your veneers will end at the gum line, special care needs to be taken to brush this area gently. Vigorous brushing can cause your gum line to recede. While vigorous brushing will not damage the veneers themselves, a receding gum line will make your smile look less than appealing. The only way to fix this problem is to replace your veneers.

Avoid grinding your teeth while sleeping

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep, then your veneers may get damaged. The best way to avoid this is to have a dentist (such as Aaron G Birch, DDS PC) construct a custom-built night guard that will protect your veneers from cracking or breaking due to this constant force. If you cannot afford a custom built night guard that your dentist will make, then you can buy one at the drugstore in order to get some measure of protection from the effects of grinding your teeth.

Your veneers are an investment in your smile, and with proper care they should last a very long time.