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How to Care for Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers on Teeth

You are already aware of good oral health habits. You may be maintaining an already nice smile with consistent, thorough brushing and flossing and keeping regular appointments with Big Smile Dental staff. However, you may have noticed teeth have darkened a bit or chips have formed over time. Veneers, which include a product branded as Lumineers, may be used to correct unsightly gray or dark yellow discoloration and uneven surfaces.

Perhaps you are just now getting back into good habits after restoring your smile. Veneers may be one part of that smile makeover. To keep your new teeth looking and functioning their best, you need to practice good oral health habits. A nonabrasive toothpaste and a brushing and flossing technique that is diligent but not aggressive are good ways to ensure veneers last as long as you do. During professional cleanings, Big Smile Dental will also use products designed for porcelain materials that differ from products used on natural enamel.

To help extend the life of your new teeth and to prevent the need for future dental procedures, Big Smile Dental will want to discuss any other habits with you that could negatively affect the longevity of your veneers. For instance, you may not realize nighttime teeth grinding is a problem. Yet dental professionals see the telltale signs: the cracks, chips, fractures, worn enamel, and even facial pain and headaches caused by grinding and clenching. If this is a problem, a customized dental appliance will be created to fit your teeth securely and comfortably. This guard will be worn at night to protect veneers from damage.

Veneers are designed to be as strong and durable as they are beautiful. You should be able to eat freely. This hasn’t always been the case with veneers. Veneers have evolved significantly since they were first created as removable prosthetics for stars during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Early permanent versions were fragile, but today’s veneers look and function like natural teeth. Big Smile Dental staff can discuss how to care for porcelain veneers and Lumineers on your teeth during a consultation.