Dental veneers were first invented way back in the 1920s as a way to temporarily change the appearance of an actors’ teeth. However, they have since come a long way and today, they are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments as a simple way to permanently transform the appearance of your smile.
Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are bonded to the outside face of the teeth in order to address imperfections with your smile. They can be used to cover a multitude of different cosmetic issues including:
Irregularly shaped teeth
Gaps between your teeth
It’s possible to get a single veneer if you only have one tooth that you would like to change or to get as many as an entire set for a total improvement to your smile. Every veneer is made uniquely for the specific tooth that it is to cover so that it is the correct shape, size, and shade to blend in naturally and be impossible to tell from your other teeth.
Despite looking very thin and fragile, veneers are actually fairly robust. By covering the enamel of your natural teeth, they are providing an additional layer of protection to them, decreasing the likelihood of damage. However, their durability doesn’t mean that they are completely infallible. You will need to take proactive steps to take care of them to keep them both functional and looking great for years to come. Here are our top tips for taking care of your dental veneers.
Fortunately, there are a variety of different things that you can do to take care of your dental veneers and ensure that they last for as long as possible including:
A great oral hygiene routine is essential to maintain a healthy mouth and an attractive smile, including the preservation of your dental veneers. Brushing twice a day will remove plaque and help you to avoid stains that could affect the appearance of your veneers. You should also floss between your teeth to prevent decay from forming in these hard to reach areas.
If you clench or grind your teeth at night, or if you participate in contact sports, it is worth investing in a mouthguard. Any continued clenching or grinding can damage your veneers, as too can an impact to your face. You can buy generic mouth guards, but unique ones direct from your dentist will fit more accurately and be more comfortable to wear.
Whether it is to open a bottle, cut tape, or loosen a knot that is a little too tight, many of us are guilty of relying on our teeth as something sharp to help us out when we don’t have the right tools to hand. However, using our teeth in this way massively increases our risk of damaging not only our veneers, but our natural teeth too.
Regular dental check-ups are one of the best ways to preserve our teeth long-term. Your dentist has the training and experience to be able to spot potential problems early on and treat them before they can cause unpleasant symptoms and have serious consequences for your teeth and even your general health. This is important since some studies have shown that patients who develop conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and even some types of cancer are more likely to have poor oral health.
For more information and advice on veneers, or to schedule an appointment to discuss your suitability for this popular cosmetic dental solution, contact our professional team today.