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Congratulations on your new dental veneers! You have taken a big step to giving yourself the beautiful smile that will give you renewed self-confidence and a better outlook on life. Keep in mind that while veneers are strong, they can be damaged and stained, and are designed to last anywhere from ten to fifteen years.

You can ensure that your veneers last that long by taking the proper care of them. Fortunately, caring for your veneers is not difficult. The key to keeping your veneers bright and strong is proper dental hygiene. You should continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss before going to bed. Don’t forget to visit your dentist for your regular cleaning and exam. Your appointments with your dentist will allow him to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth, check your veneers, and examine your teeth and mouth for any problems.

If you grind or clench your teeth, a condition called bruxism, you can damage your veneers. Talk with your dentist about whether or not this is an issue for you, and if you need to take steps to address the problem. If you open packages with your teeth, or have a habit of chewing pens, pencils or other objects, you run the risk of damaging your veneers. Your veneers can be stained by certain foods and drinks, and by tobacco use. If your veneers are stained, you should see your dentist about cleaning them.

Over time, your veneers may chip or crack. The bonding material can also wear out. Your dentist can repair, or if necessary replace your veneers.

If you have questions about caring for your veneers, or if they need to be repaired or replaced, our dentist, Dr. Taylor Robinson at Robinson Wolfgramm Dental in Provo, Utah, will be happy to help. You can make an appointment by calling our office at 801-373-2060.