Improving the Look of Dental Veneers

Improving the Look of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a fantastic way to improve the appearance of your smile. They are also effective for repairing small things like chipped or uneven teeth. Now that you have decided to revamp your smile, there are a few things you can do at home to maintain them and improve their look.

Keep Your Smile Shining

Dental veneers are porcelain and they should be treated just like normal teeth. This means, anything that can stain or damage your natural teeth can also stain and damage your veneers. Habits such as nail biting, smoking, chewing on pencils or pens or eating ice should be avoided. All of these can cause your new veneers to chip or crack, just like a natural tooth.

You should also avoid the temptation to use your teeth as a tool, such as tearing open a package. When you first get home with your new veneers, we suggest that you eat softer foods for the first few days as you adjust to the placement and get comfortable with your new bite.

Avoid things that will stain your veneers to keep them looking new for a very long time. Coffee, tea, tobacco use, and alcohol will all cause staining of your veneers, just as they would your natural teeth. Maintain your smile by cutting back on the things that can damage or stain them and remember to keep your cleanings regular! Brushing and flossing twice daily is highly encouraged, again, just as with your normal teeth. Plaque builds up and bacteria will still occur and removing it regularly with brushing, flossing and visits to our office will help extend the life of your veneers.

If you are considering having veneers bonded to your natural teeth, please feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation. Our talented and helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

How to Treat Broken Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an excellent way to repair and restore your smile if you have small chips, cracks or somewhat uneven and imperfect teeth. Similar to your natural teeth, they can chip or break if not taken care of correctly, or even sustain damage in an injury. What to do if your bonded teeth have become broken or chipped? Not to worry, we have you covered!

How To Handle Bonding That Has Been Damaged

Perhaps you sustained an injury to your face or mouth and suddenly you notice that your dental bonding has been broken, chipped or maybe even fallen out? Do not panic. While it is important that we help you replace and repair it as soon as possible, it is not an emergency. Call our office right away and we will get you in as soon as possible.

Often times when the bonding becomes damaged, that can mean that the tooth structure underneath the bonded surface has become damaged as well. This can leave your natural tooth susceptible to infection and decay and we will want to examine you right away. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from your damage, please take ibuprofen for the pain. You can also apply an ice pack to the outside of your mouth to assist with any swelling or discomfort.

Depending on the extent of the damage, we may be able to repair your broken bonded tooth but be aware that we may need to recommend a crown if the underlying tooth has been damaged. This is preferable due to the fact that a crown will last longer and is much more durable than a bonded tooth.

Please call our office as soon as you notice a problem with your bonded teeth, whether the bonded material has become loose, or you’ve damaged it, we would like to see you as soon as possible to avoid any further infection and complications. Be careful out there!