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Award-Winning Dental Care for Your Whole Family

21 Elissa Ave., Wayland, MA 01778

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Award-Winning Dental Care for Your Whole Family

21 Elissa Ave., Wayland, MA 01778

Woman with veneers smiling in neon green shirt Do you have veneers? Whether you recently transformed your smile or you’ve been enjoying yours for several years now, you naturally want them to last. Fortunately, that largely rests on something in your control: how you care for your smile. With this in mind, read on to learn how to prolong the lifespan of your veneers.

#1. Invest in the Right Oral Hygiene Products

Luckily, caring for your veneers is very similar to caring for your teeth. There are, however, a few differences, including which products you should use. For example, toothpastes with abrasive ingredients, like baking soda, are not recommended for patients with veneers since they can leave behind small scratches that can dull the appearance of your smile over time. Don’t worry – your dentist will review how to care for your new smile in-depth and share product recommendations so you always know which ones are safe to use.

#2. Drink Coffee the “Smile-Friendly” Way

Do you love coffee? Good news: you don’t have to stop drinking this energy-boosting beverage because of your veneers. After all, porcelain and other high-quality dental materials are stain-resistant! Of course, it’s still a good idea to protect your smile however you can. In addition to using a straw, patients are encouraged to keep the additives, like cream and sugar, to a minimum to help prevent cavities.

#3. Get a Dental Checkup and Cleaning Every Six Months

Your biannual visits to your dentist’s office are crucial. In addition to screening for cancer, your dental team uses these appointments to scan for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. Plus, they can check the condition of your veneers, ensuring any small chips or cracks are addressed before they turn into a dental emergency.

#4. Invest in a Mouthguard

Do you grind or clench your teeth at night? Do you participate in a contact or non-contact sport? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you should have a mouthguard! Although this device is relatively small, it can play a big role in protecting your veneers and your teeth from harm.

Note: while there are over-the-counter options available at your local sporting goods store, custom-made ones from your dentist are the better choice since they are personalized entirely to you.

#5. Avoid Unhealthy Dental Habits

Simply put, unhealthy dental habits like smoking, nail-biting, and chewing on ice can quickly damage your veneers. So, if you want your beautiful new smile to last, it’s imperative that you quit. If you’ve tried in the past with no success, then consider asking your dentist for their recommendations. They may be able to help you find a solution that works for you!

About the Practice

Simply Dental & Orthodontics offers award-winning dental care to patients in Wayland. If you’re interested in improving your smile with veneers, you’ll be happy to know that we’re here to help you every step of the way – from selecting the ideal shape and size to sharing our recommendations on how to prolong the lifespan of your new and improved smile. If you want to learn more about caring for veneers or you’d like to schedule a consultation, visit our website or call (508) 358-6300.