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Dr. Mulandi often recommends dental veneers to cover flaws or stains that appear on front teeth. The veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front of teeth to enhance their appearance. Veneers can change the size, length, shape, and color of teeth. Your Conway dentist uses veneers for many patients who want a beautiful, flawless smile they can be proud of. If they are well-maintained, they can last 10 to 15 years. Here are a few tips from your dental professionals at Eastern Slope Dental.

Protect Veneers By Practicing Proper Oral Hygiene

If you are already taking good care of your teeth, you shouldn’t have to change your routine to care for veneers. Just continue to brush, floss, and rinse.

  •  Brush – Brush your teeth at least twice a day using nonabrasive toothpaste. If you can, brush after each meal.
  •  Floss – flossing at least one time a day will remove particles that get caught between teeth. Flossing helps protect your veneers as well as your teeth and gums.
  •  Rinse – Swish antiseptic mouthwash around in your mouth one to two times daily. This helps rinse out particles and kills germs. Be sure to choose a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. Over time, alcohol can soften the bonding agent your Conway dentist used to place the veneers on your teeth.

Don’t Grind Your Teeth

Dr. Mulandi probably talked to you about teeth grinding before he placed veneers. If you tend to grind your teeth or clench your jaw in your sleep, you will need a special mouthpiece to help protect your teeth and your jaws from damage. Bruxism puts stress on veneers and can damage them. Wearing a nighttime bite guard helps protect your teeth as well.

Choose What You Chew On

Although veneer materials are very durable, they can break or chip. Eating foods isn’t the problem. But if you tend to chew on things like your fingernails, pens, or ice, you could damage them. Chew only on foods.

Watch Out for Stains

Veneers can stain just like your natural teeth. Try to limit foods that often cause stains like coffee, dark sodas, berries, soy sauce, tea, and red wine. Smoking also causes staining. Consider quitting before getting veneers to help protect your veneers and improve your overall health.

Protect Your Smile 

If you participate in sports like basketball, football, wrestling, martial arts, or other contact sports, make sure to wear a mouthguard. It can help protect your veneers and teeth from potential trauma. Dr. Mulandi can help you find the right mouthguard.

Visit Your Conway Dentist Regularly

Routine checkups are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth. Make sure to schedule a checkup with Dr. Mulandi every six months. This helps protect your teeth too. Regular checkups help with spotting any potential problems early on while they are easily treatable. Dr. Mulandi may also recommend having your teeth cleaned and veneers polished to help them keep their pearly-white gleam.

Talk to Your Conway Dentist About Veneers Today!

Dental veneers are an easy way to quickly improve your smile. If you have questions about them or are wondering about other cosmetic dentistry options, contact Eastern Slope Dental today. Dr. Mulandi will be happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We look forward to helping you have your best smile.

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