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Dental veneers are a great way to improve your smile. If your teeth are chipped, have been damaged by decay, or are discolored, veneers can conceal the damage. If your teeth are misshapen or are spaced too far apart, veneers can improve their appearance and close the gap between your teeth.

Before you have veneers placed on your teeth, you need to remember that because the dentist needs to remove some of the enamel from your teeth, the process is irreversible. Your veneers can last from 10-15 years if you take care of them, but they will not last forever and at some point, they will need to be repaired, and if the cement wears out over time, they will need to be replaced.

To ensure that your veneers last, you should be careful about chewing ice and hard foods. If you are in the habit of chewing on a pen or pencil while you work, keep in mind that can damage your veneers. If you use your teeth to tear open that bag of pretzels, you can chip or crack your veneers. If you play sports, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers. You may want to talk with your dentist about bruxism, which is the clinical term for clenching or grinding your teeth. If you do suffer from bruxism, you could harm your veneers.

Your veneers are not replacements for your teeth, and you will still need to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss before going to bed at night. It is also important that you see your dentist every six months for your regular cleaning and exams. During those visits, your dentist will also check your veneers to make sure that they are intact and do not need to be repaired. To make an appointment to see Dr. Dan Clagett, call Clagett Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, at 270-769-3306.