How to Make Veneers Last Longer

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Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are designed to cover the front surface of damaged or undesirable teeth. Indeed, veneers have become a popular choice for those patients looking to undergo a smile makeover. Most veneers tend to last around 10 years, but some reports indicate that they may last up to 15 years with exceptional care. Our expert in veneers in Van Nuys has a few tips for making sure that your veneers will last as long as possible.

It is most important to keep good dental hygiene habits or to start practicing good dental hygiene after getting veneers. Brush and floss your teeth daily, and make sure to go to the dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups. If you play sports, our Van Nuys cosmetic dentist strongly recommends that you wear a mouthguard while active. If you suffer from bruxism, the grinding of the teeth while asleep, make sure to wear a mouthguard for this condition, as well.

There are many substances that may not stain the veneers, but they can stain the natural teeth underneath them and create a multi-color appearance of the teeth if you are not careful. Some of these substances are tobacco products, red wine, colas, coffee, tea, and berries. Patients should be careful of any foods and beverages containing a strong dye, also. Take caution with hard foods, as well, such as nuts and candy. Furthermore, do not chew on your fingernails or on non-edible items like pen caps. Using a combination of common sense and good oral hygiene will result in you getting the most out of your veneers.

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