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Things to Consider Before Veneers

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Dental veneers are custom-made shells that go on top of your teeth to correct imperfections. They are commonly used for fixing a variety of problems, including chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, staining, and more. They can be a great solution for people who are not happy with how their teeth look, but there are a few things you should consider before getting them to put in. 

They Cannot Be Removed

Unlike dentures, veneers cannot be removed because they are permanently fixed on your teeth. Usually, they last for about 15 to 20 years, but it is possible for them to last longer than that. The only way to have your veneers removed is to visit your dentist and have them removed there. 

Don’t Go Too White

Many people want to have really white teeth, but you can actually go too white. Think of that episode of Friends, when Ross whitens his teeth and shocks his date under the black light. You don’t want to have teeth that are shocking for the duration of your veneers. It is important to go with a soft white, one that is not too flashy or blue-hued. If you are nervous about going too white, bring this up with your dentist and make sure everyone is on the same page. 

Veneers Can Chip and Crack 

Some people think veneers are invincible, but this is not the case, just like teeth, they can chip, crack, and become damaged so you have to be careful when using them. You certainly don’t want to do anything that you wouldn’t do with your real teeth, for example avoiding really hard candy, chewing on ice, and using your teeth to open something. 

If you play any contact sports, it is important to make sure you are wearing the proper protective equipment. Additionally, if you tend to grind your teeth, especially at night time while you’re sleeping, make sure you are taking any precautions possible to stop this habit. Grinding your teeth can cause serious damage to your veneers

You Don’t Have to Fix Everything

If you have ever heard the saying, “don’t fix what isn’t broken”, the same logic applies to veneers. If you have some teeth that are damaged or stained and you think veneers are the best option for fixing them, it doesn’t mean that you have to put veneers on all of your teeth. You can get veneers on individual teeth if there is nothing wrong with most of them. 

It's Not For Everyone

In recent years, the use of veneers has become more and more popular, but this doesn’t mean that it is the best option for everyone. Make sure that you are discussing all of your options with your dentist before settling on veneers. Most porcelain veneers require the removal of your tooth enamel, which leaves your teeth unprotected without the veneer. Enamel cannot be put back onto your teeth, so it is very important to be sure veneers are right for you before committing to them. 

Regular Dental Checkups

If you are someone who avoids going to the dentist, you will definitely need to change that once you have your veneers. Veneers require special care, so it is very important not to skip a single dentist appointment. You’ll want a dentist to take a look at the veneers and make sure there are no problems, as well as thoroughly clean them. 

Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beach goer operating out of Southern New Jersey.
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