Sometimes, it only takes minor damage to distract from the beauty of your smile. Things like chipped, discolored or misshapen teeth can make a an otherwise-healthy grin look less attractive. In such a case as this, our dentist may suggest dental veneers. Dental veneers are porcelain shells that fit over the front of your teeth and mask minor damage and imperfections.
Remember, although your dental veneers are not a natural part of your smile, you still need to take care of them. That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once day. You will still need to see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams, and to give him the opportunity to check your veneers. Your veneers can be stained with dark foods and drinks and by tobacco use. If they do become stained, you will not be able to whiten them, but will need to see the dentist to have them polished.
You can chip your veneers with hard foods, or by chewing on pens, pencils or other objects. If you grind or clench your teeth, you can damage your veneers and you should talk to your dentist about using a nightguard or other bruxism solutions. Over time, the cement holding your veneers in place may wear out. If that happens, save the veneer and make an appointment to see the dentist to have it reattached or replaced.
If the time has come to for you to improve your smile, our dentist, Dr. Robert Madry will be happy to help. If you have a question about dental veneers in Corpus Christi, Texas, or would like to schedule an appointment at Robert Madry, DDS, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, give us a call today, and we can get started on your brand-new smile!