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Getting dental veneers is a worthy investment in your image and self-confidence. However, they aren’t permanent, and they won’t always look presentable if you don’t take care of them. To protect your investment and your wonderful new sense of self-esteem, here are five tips for taking good care of your new dental veneers.
Get The First Stage Right
One of the best ways to ensure your veneers stay beautiful for a long time is by getting the best veneers in the first place. Porcelain veneers tend to be more durable and higher in quality than composite veneers, making them a sound investment in your smile. In addition, getting your veneers fitted by an exceptional cosmetic dentist will ensure you’re as well-equipped as possible to take care of your new smile moving forward.
Don’t Try And Fix It Yourself
The average American has less than five hours of free time each week. If that rings true for you, then it makes sense that an issue with your veneers would be a major inconvenience. Who has time to go all the way to the dentists to fix an issue that you could fix yourself? There are DIY videos, guides, even products to help non-qualified individuals fix dental issues themselves. Sounds great, right?
Please, for the love of your dental health and hygiene, do not look these videos up! Although there can be a place for temporary emergency fixes if you absolutely have no way to see a professional right away, most of the time, it is better to hotfoot it to the dental clinic ASAP. With expensive veneers, any issues need to be addressed by the professional who fitted them. Attempt to do it yourself, and you will likely make matters worse.
Stay On Top Of Your Oral Hygiene Game
Veneers are attached to a healthy tooth and kept in place by a healthy gum. If you neglect your oral hygiene, you will put your dental veneers at risk. The best way to get your dental regime right is to visit a hygienist regularly for professional cleans and personalized cleaning guidelines.
Watch What You Eat
When you have veneers, you have to watch what you eat for two reasons: veneer security and stain prevention. Foods like crusty bread, toffees, and tough meats could all pull your veneers off and damage them in the process. Meanwhile, foods like ketchup, tomato soup, coffee, tea, and wine could stain your veneers. Watching what you eat will help keep your veneers in good shape long-term.
14 out of every 100 Americans smoke. We all know smoking is horrendously bad for our health, but if that isn’t enough, you should know that it is also bad news for your veneers.
Smoking puts your teeth at risk as you are more likely to get gum disease, which compromises the solidity of the teeth your veneers are attached to. In addition, smoking can create unsightly discoloration and tar marks. Why not give yourself an extra something to smile about with your new veneers and quit smoking for good?
“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley
If you have invested in some gorgeous new veneers, it makes sense to protect them by following the tips above and sticking closely to any guidance offered by your dentist.
With the right care and attention, your stunning new smile will last a long time, giving you many more years of improved confidence and aesthetic joy.