If you’ve ever considered getting veneers but feel you don’t have enough information to make an informed decision then below is a guide to tell you everything you need to know.
What veneers are used for
- Correcting broken and chipped teeth –
This is a very common issue that many people have. There are many reasons your teeth might be broken or chipped. You may have suffered an injury that caused one or more of your teeth to be chipped; or simply bit down on a hard piece of food. Whatever the case – veneers can be used to correct broken or chipped teeth.
- Hiding gaps –
Many people naturally have large gaps between their teeth. This types of gaps are usually not aesthetically pleasing, especially when they’re very prominent. Veneers can be used to cover any gaps and create a seamless and completely natural-looking appearance to your teeth.
- Covering stained teeth –
Staining is another very common issue that veneers are used to correct. Avoiding drinks such as coffee and red wine can be tough but they unfortunately do stain your teeth. The great thing about porcelain veneers in particular is that they’re stain-resistant so this is something you won’t have to worry about anymore.
- Achieving symmetry and balance –
When cosmetic dentists apply veneers to a patient’s teeth, they’re always looking to achieve the most symmetry and balance possible. This means making sure the teeth are as uniform and proportioned as possible.
How to make your veneers last longer
If you choose to get veneers then you’ll certainly want to take any steps you can to make them last as long as possible. Below are some tips to extend the life of your veneers.
- Avoid staining drinks –
Although porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, composite resin veneers require you to be more careful with your dietary choices if you want to keep them looking at their best. This means avoiding staining drinks such as red wine and coffee.
- Brush regularly –
You should certainly brush regularly if you want to make your veneers last as long as possible. Twice a day is the recommended frequency though ideally you would brush after every meal if at all possible.
- Avoid hard foods –
You should also avoid any hard foods that would cause strain on your veneers. This includes things like rock candy and beef jerky.