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If your teeth are chipped, cracked, stained, or even crooked, dental veneers are a great way to restore your smile. Veneers are very thin shells custom-designed to fit over the fronts your teeth,and are made to blend in with your other teeth. It is a quick and effective way to brighten your smile.

If you have a smile that could use some improvement, talk with your dentist about the possibility of having veneers placed on your teeth. They are a great answer for a smile that has been dimmed, but they will still need care if they are do to their jobs well. Veneers, if properly cared for can last 10 to 15 years. They may need to be repaired or replaced from time to time, and when you visit your dentist for your regular appointment, he will examine them to make sure that they are in good shape.

Before you have the procedure done, remember that because the dentist needs to remove some of the enamel from your teeth to apply the veneers, so the process is irreversible. If you enjoy food and drinks that can stain your teeth, your veneers will need to be cleaned by your dentist. They cannot be whitened by tooth-whitening procedures.

The best thing you can do for your veneers is brush twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss before bed and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. Wear a mouthguard when you play sports or during recreation. Also, make sure that you don’t do things to damage your veneers. If you habitually grind or clench your teeth, you can cause your veneers to chip or crack. Chewing on ice, pens, or using your teeth to open packages can put your veneers at risk. Additionally, the dentist may need to re-cement your veneers as time goes on.

If you are interested in improving your smile with dental veneers, talk to Dr. Wallace Lunden today. If you would like to make an appointment at Cedar Point Dentistry in Richfield, Minnesota, call 612-866-7000