Do you dread the act of smiling? Many people are truly mortified by the state of their teeth and/or gums. Whether misalignment, malocclusions, an underbite, and overbite, twisted teeth, discoloration, or a laundry list of problems all at once are you dental plight, the thought of fixing a highly flawed smile can feel extremely daunting. Fortunately, our team of talented dentists at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley offer patients a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry options. One of the most popular makes over your entire smile in one fail swoop. You’ll just want to make sure you know just how to care for your veneers so they last for years to come.
Protect Your Investment
You have invested time and money into enhancing your smile and you owe it to yourself to take the simple measures needed to protect that investment. If you suffer from bruxism, more commonly known as nighttime teeth grinding, talk to us about an occlusal splint on nightguard. You wear these custom-fitted mouthguards while you sleep to prevent your teeth from grinding together and damaging both the veneers and your natural tooth enamel. If you play contact sports or engage in rigorous outdoor activities such as bicycling, rock climbing, or hiking, you will need to wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers in case of an injury or fall.
Mind the Mouthwashes and Abrasive Toothpastes
If you use mouthwash, choose one that does not contain alcohol. Alcohol can weaken the bond between the veneer and your tooth. Instead, talk to your dentist about the right mouthwash for your needs. Continue to visit us for regular checkups and cleanings. Conscientious dentists will use a special non-abrasive polish formulated to care for veneers. You can also ask us for a recommendation on daily use toothpaste which will keep your veneers sparkling clean without damaging them. Use a soft bristled toothbrush, and apply gentle force to get your teeth clean without being over-aggressive. Cavities can still occur under veneers.