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A dental veneer is a great way to correct minor imperfections in your smile. Veneers are thin shells often made of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They are shaded to match the rest of the teeth in your smile, making them virtually unnoticeable to others.

If you take proper care of your veneers, they can last 10 to 15 years. However, this does not mean that they can’t be damaged during that time. In fact, they can, and you will need to go back to the dentist to have them replaced or repaired if something does happen to them. And you will need to continue to practice good oral hygiene to make sure that your veneers can serve you well.

Remember, your veneers protect the fronts of your teeth. The backs are still vulnerable to decay. Even with your veneers, you need to brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep your teeth clean. If you play sports, you should think about wearing a mouthguard to protect your veneers from impact. Speaking of unnecessary impact, if you clench or grind your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about getting treated for the problem. Tough or hard foods can damage your veneers, as can chewing on pens and pencils.

If you are the type of person who will tear open a package with your teeth, think twice, since that can cause your veneers to chip. You will need to see your dentist on a regular basis, not only for your routine cleanings and exams, but also so that he can check your veneers. Over time, the cement holding your veneers in place may wear away, and if a veneer falls out, bring it with you to your appointment.

If you are interested in stepping up your smile with veneers, our dentist, Dr. Roberto Macedo will be happy to help. If you live in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area and would like to schedule an appointment at RM Advanced Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, call 727-202-4459 today, and start loving your smile again!