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If you have teeth that have been chipped or stained, or if they are oddly shaped, spaced too far apart, or are too short, dental veneers may help. Dental veneers are very thin shells that are placed over the fronts of your teeth to improve your smile.

Your veneers will probably last for ten to fifteen years as long as you take good care of them. Caring for your veneers involves good dental hygiene and taking the proper precautions with your teeth. The veneers will protect the fronts of your teeth, but the backs will still be vulnerable to tooth decay. Veneers do not protect against gum disease. You will need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. You will need to see your dentist for your regular visits. During those visits, your dentist will check your veneers to see if they cement, or your veneers need to be replaced. Your veneers can be stained, so you should keep that in mind when it comes to your meals. They cannot be whitened with toothpaste or a whitening kit,and your dentist will have to polish the veneers in the office.

Your veneers can be chipped by chewing on things like ice or pens, or using your teeth to open packages. If you habitually grind or clench your teeth, you can damage your veneers. You will need to work with your dentist to address this problem by wearing a night guard or through another treatment.

If your teeth are chipped or stained, or just in need of a little improvement, veneers may be the answer for you. To find out more about dental veneers, take time to visit with our dentist, Dr. Purvesh Malaviya at Creative Dental Group in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Call 508-990-9900 today to schedule an appointment.