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How to Take Care of Your Veneers?

Veneers look great, but how do you keep them that way? Read on.

Although porcelain veneers are high-quality and durable restorations, they do require a certain amount of care and vigilance from theVeneers wearer to ensure they will last as long as possible and retain their luminousness and color. If you've recently had veneers placed by Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, North Carolina, here are a few tips about how to keep them looking their best:

Burdensome Breakage

Veneers not only look like beautiful natural teeth, they also respond to rough treatment in the same way. Crunching down on excessively hard items like hard candy, ice cubes, and raw vegetables can cause the porcelain to crack or even break. If you participate in contact sports, your Mooresville dentist advises you to always wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers (and the teeth under them!) from damage.

Clean and Comfortable

Brush your teeth every day after meals and at bedtime using a fluoride-based toothpaste with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should also take the time to floss between each tooth, regardless of its restoration status, and rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash. This helps to ensure that your natural teeth will not develop decay underneath the veneer layer.

Checking Up

Every six months is the optimal time in which you should visit Dr. Sripathi's dental office in Morrisville to have your veneers examined. As with many other situations, early detection usually means a swifter and less extensive treatment. If you allow too much time to lapse after a problem with your veneers has developed, you may need to have some or all of them removed and replaced.

If you're experiencing any problems with your veneers or simply want to clarify any directions, feel free to contact your Morrisville dentist at Elite Smiles to get the answers you need.