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Preparing for Veneers

As the past year has taught us, preparation for the unexpected and the expected is key to maintaining some sense of normalcy in life. This concept applies to every area of our life – including our oral health. After all, we can’t brush our teeth without toothpaste in the house. Speaking of teeth, another area people should be prepared for is the maintenance of porcelain or prepless veneers. Veneers may seem like a cure-all to many cosmetic oral health issues, but they still require maintenance – maintenance you should prepare yourself for in advance. Are you ready for veneers? Keep reading and find out.

Brushing

Even though veneers are not biological, you can still get cavities on teeth with veneers. That’s why brushing and flossing are still as important as they were before you got them, so don’t scale back on your oral health routine just because you got veneers.

Staining

Veneers resist staining, but you still should take care to keep your teeth clean after eating staining foods like red wine, berries, and coffee. Just take a drink of water or brush afterward as you normally would, and your veneers will stay as white as the day you got them!

Smoking

If you smoke, you likely know how smoking can discolor the teeth and cause gum problems. If you are going to invest in veneers, it’s wise to quit smoking first so you can keep your mouth (and the rest of your body) healthy and your veneers safe and white.

Chewy Foods

Because veneers are not permanent additions to the teeth (they can last up to 25 years with excellent care) they should be treated gently. This may mean limiting very chewy foods. Foods like taffy, sticky candy, and gum can cause veneers to fall out if you’re not careful.

Financial Investment

Veneers are an investment, one you will likely need to make again in anywhere from 5 to 25 years, so prepare yourself for that expense while you enjoy your bright, white new smile.

Compliments

Are you ready to get compliments on your smile? Well, get prepared, because with veneers you can’t help but smile, and people will definitely take notice! Contact Dr. Peterson today for a consultation for your own veneers!

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