If you have recently had dental veneers put on by Morris County Dental Associates or if you have an appointment scheduled to do so, then you know just how life changing dental veneers can be. By completely transforming your smile aesthetically and restoring your ability to speak and chew properly, dental veneers are truly life changing. And although they can last a lifetime, it’s important that you are doing everything you can to take care of your veneers so that they last longer. From cleaning them to avoiding things like nail biting and ice chewing, this article will discuss three of the ways you can help your veneers have a longer lifespan. Read on to learn more.
Some people have the misconception that if you have either dental veneers or dental implants that you no longer have to visit the dentist to get bi-annual dental cleanings. However, just because your teeth are false teeth, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to have them cleaned. Similar to regular teeth, dental veneers can harbour plaque, tartar, and bacteria which can cause things like cavities and gingivitis— that’s why it’s important to make sure that you are still getting your teeth professionally cleaned by Morris County Dental Associates twice every year.
2. Brush Regularly
Similar to bi-annual cleanings— or the lack thereof— some people assume that you don’t need to brush your veneers as regularly as your natural teeth. But remember that after every meal or even after you simply open your mouth to breathe, bacteria and germs can enter your mouth, land on your veneers, and cause dental problems. In order to protect your veneers and make sure they last as long as possible, make sure that you are brushing them at least morning and night (after every meal if possible).
3. Avoid Nail Biting and Ice Chewing
It’s true that breaking a habit is much harder than actually getting into a habit. If you are an avid nail biter or ice chewer you are causing your teeth to become weak. After years of nail biting and ice chewing, your veneers can start to crack and chip which means that you will have to get new ones. In order to ensure your veneers last a lifetime, kick these habits to the curb.
Take the best care of your dental veneers as possible by following the tips listed above. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Morris County Dental Associates today!