How to Care for Veneers - Whitestone Family Dentistry

July 28, 2022by Megha Bassi

Dental veneers are a great way to have a beautiful smile. A lot of people decide to get dental veneers to regain confidence in their smiles.

But, how do they work exactly and how can you care for them to prolong their lifespan as much as possible? 

Here’s what you need to know from our dentist in Cedar Park

What Are Dental Veneers?

For anyone that is considering it but don’t have an exact idea of what they are, dental veneers are thin shells that are attached to the exterior part of the tooth aesthetically improving the tooth’s appearance. They are custom-made to fit your teeth and give you a nice, natural look.

They help correct discolored or stained teeth, gapped, chipped, or uneven teeth. 

Not only do they drastically improve the aspect of your smile, but they also restore the whole tooth. 

One of the many benefits dental veneers have is how easy they can be maintained. And if you take good care of them, they can last you even up to 20 years. 

The life of your dental veneers also depends on the material they are made of. 

Know that dental veneers are permanent, and the process is irreversible. In order for the veneers to bond perfectly to your teeth, the dentist will trim part of your teeth enamel which makes the process permanent and irreversible.

Ways to Take Care of Your Dental Veneers

Life after veneers does not mean you need to have a very complex routine to keep them healthy. Treat them as you would your natural teeth.

This not only helps your veneers to last for as long as possible, but you also avoid developing other oral problems such as cavities, plaque, or infections.

You take care of your dental veneers by:

  • Brushing your teeth on a daily basis, twice a day
  • Flossing and rinsing
  • Use non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging the veneers
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush 
  • Do not use your teeth as tools to open packages, bottles, etc.
  • Be careful with foods that are too hard or sticky
  • Bite and chew mindfully 
  • Use a mouthguard if you play risky sports to protect your veneers
  • Use a mouthguard if you grind and clench your teeth
  • Visit your dentist every 6 months for routine check-ups
  • Avoid as much as possible food and drinks that stain your teeth
  • Brush/rinse after having staining foods or beverages 

As you can see, the care dental veneers require is no different than the care for our natural teeth.

Are You Considering Veneers? Let’s Talk! 

If you decide to invest in dental veneers and show your smile with confidence, make sure you take care of them and enjoy them fully

At Whitestone Family Dentistry, our Cedar Park dentist can help you restore your smile and improve your oral health. We offer compassionate dental care for the entire family. 

Contact us today and let us know how we can help.