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If you have heard about dental veneers, you may already know that these shells attach to the front surfaces of your teeth to help your smile look healthier and more attractive. Many patients choose to receive dental veneers in order to whiten their teeth, correct crookedness in the teeth or cover minor tooth gaps. The durability and stain resistance of dental veneers can be extended for many years if the restorations receive proper care.

Even after receiving dental veneers, you should maintain daily habits of brushing and flossing your teeth. Brush twice a day for a minimum of two minutes, ideally with a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the veneers. You may find that a toothpaste for sensitive teeth is best for your veneers.

Once you have dental veneers, it’s more important than ever to exercise proper use of your teeth, such as not chewing on ice or your fingernails or using your teeth to open bottles. Ideally, these practices should never occur at any time even for patients who aren’t wearing veneers. These harmful habits could damage your teeth and crack your veneers, requiring you to visit the office for replacements. You should also avoid consuming certain beverages that can harm the dental veneers, such as soda and alcohol, to keep your teeth in good shape.

Regular visits to your dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lowry, twice a year can also maintain the quality of your veneers. To learn more about dental veneer care in Riverside, California, contact the dental practice of Jeffrey A Lowry DDS at 951-263-7001 today.