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How To Protect Your Veneers From Damage

How To Protect Your Veneers From Damage

Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells made of porcelain. They can be used to cover chips, discolouration, or gaps and can be made to match your natural teeth so well that they are indistinguishable from the real thing. Dental veneers are a permanent cosmetic dental solution to improve your smile and they have been known to boost self-confidence. Although dental veneers are incredibly durable, you do need to protect them and keep your veneers in good shape. You also need to ensure the natural teeth around them stay the same colour.

4 Ways To Keep Veneers As Good As New

1. Be Gentle With Your Teeth
Some wear on your teeth through chewing is inevitable, but other forms of damage can be completely avoided. You should never use your teeth as tools and the same applies when you have veneers. Using your teeth to open bottles or lids or even loosen a knot can quickly and severely damage your veneers and it can also lead to broken or cracked teeth.

2. Avoid Food And Drink That Stain
The veneers themselves are fairly stain resistant, but you will want to try to keep the rest of your teeth as white as possible so that the colour of your teeth continue to match the colour of your veneers for the most natural look possible. To keep your smile as beautiful and bright as it is when you first get your veneers, avoid acidic food and drink, particularly dark ones. This includes coffee, tea, red wine, pop, dark coloured juices, and tomato sauces. When you do consume these dark and acidic drinks and foods, try to brush your teeth soon afterwards as not allowing the acid from these foods and drinks to sit on the teeth will help prevent staining. If you aren’t able to brush your teeth after eating or drinking, dry to drink water to help wash away any food particles in your mouth to limit staining.

3. Don’t Grind Your Teeth
The medical term for unconsciously grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw is bruxism, and some people who have it are not aware of it. Often, jaw clenching and tooth grinding happens during sleep and those who have this condition may experience a sore jaw in the morning. While bruxism can be damaging to the jaw and teeth, it can also damage veneers. To help reduce the negative results of bruxism, speak with your dentist about having a custom night guard made to prevent tooth grinding.

4. Visit Your Dentist
There’s no better way to protect your veneers and your teeth than regular dental exams. When you first receive your veneers, you will be asked to return to the dentist again shortly so they can make sure everything is fitting right and that your gums are not becoming irritated. After this initial visit, continue to visit your dentist for bi-annual dental exams and cleanings. This will help promote healthy teeth and allow your dentist to perform any cosmetic dentistry maintenance services. It will also allow your dentist to take note of any potential discolouration of the natural teeth so that you can resolve this before the veneers and teeth no longer match.

Where To Get Top Quality Veneers In Calgary

If you want to improve your smile with veneers that look and feel like the optimal possible version of your natural teeth, visit Marlborough Dental Centre in NE Calgary. Dr. Popp and his team offer exceptional dental services, including cosmetic dentistry such as veneers. Whether you are repairing chipped teeth, filling in gaps, or covering staining, the Calgary dentists at Marlborough Dental Centre can offer you top quality veneers and dental service. To find out more about how we can help you achieve and maintain a healthy and attractive smile, contact our NE Calgary dentists today at 1-403-248-2066 or fill out the form below.


Q: Can veneers be removed?
A: This treatment is considered irreversible since part of the procedure entails shaving down some of the natural tooth structure and enamel. Veneers may be replaced, however. If the tooth is left without a veneer, it will be at high risk for damage, infection, and will have an unhealthy and unappealing look.

Q: How long will it take to adjust to my new veneers?
A: Most patients report it taking up to two weeks for their bite to feel normal and for their chewing and speaking to feel completely natural.

Q: How long does it take to apply veneers?
A: Some patients can have their procedures done in as little as one appointment, however, it is more common to have them completed in two appointments. Each appointment will last no longer than an hour or two.

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