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By Geary Dentistry
August 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Learn some useful techniques for how to properly treat your veneers so they last.

Most people aren’t born with perfect smiles, and along the way, life happens and we end up with minor chips, stains and other issues Veneersthat keep us from having a smile to be proud of. Fortunately, at Geary Dentistry, your Brookfield dentists Dr. Terence Geary, Dr. Mary Eileen Geary and Dr. Angel Shah can hide all of these minor flaws with a non-invasive cosmetic treatment known as porcelain veneers. If you already have veneers, then you already know how great they can make your smile look. Don’t you want to keep it looking its best? If so, follow these helpful hints for properly caring for your veneers.

Don’t use your teeth as tools

It might seem tempting to open plastic packaging with your teeth, but if you have porcelain veneers then you better reach for scissors instead. Using your teeth to open bottle caps or packaging can cause your veneers to bend and flex unnaturally, which can increase their chances of fracturing.

Nix bad habits

Did you know that nail biting and teeth grinding can wear down and potentially damage your veneers? If you want your veneers to really last, then you’ll want to be aware of when these habits manifest themselves and how to put a stop to them. Talk to the dentists at Geary Dentistry, in Brookfield, about mouthguards for nighttime teeth clenching or other techniques to keep your nails out of your mouth.

Brush and floss normally

Just because you have veneers doesn’t mean you can get lackadaisical about your oral routine. You still need to treat your veneers just as you would natural teeth, and be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease. Also, don’t forget those biannual cleanings from the dentists at Geary Dentistry in Brookfield!

Limit stain-causing foods/drinks

While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, the bonding resin used to hold them to your teeth isn’t. This means that over time the resin can start to darken and become noticeable. Consuming foods and drinks that produce stains will only exacerbate the problem. Therefore eliminate coffee, tea, wine, berries and dark condiments from your diet as much as possible.

Of course, nothing is more important than seeing  Dr. Terence Geary, Dr. Mary Eileen Geary or Dr. Angel Shah at Geary Dentistry, in Brookfield, every six months for routine care. Even if you properly care for your smile at home, you still need to get routine cleanings and exams to make sure your smile is healthy. Call us today at (262) 860-1500 to schedule your next visit.