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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

How To Care For Your New Dental Veneers

by Jacqueline Byrd

The process for getting dental veneers involves shaving off a layer of the enamel on your teeth. This means that you must keep your dental veneers for the rest of your life, because having them removed will expose the surface of your teeth due to the missing enamel. Not taking care of your dental veneers can lead to them prematurely failing, becoming discolored, or tooth loss that will cause veneers to fail. Be sure to follow these 3 tips that will help them stay in great condition.

Avoid Drinking Dark Liquids

Veneers are typically made with porcelain, which means they will not easily stain. However, many years of drinking wine, coffee, and dark liquids will eventually add up, causing your veneers to slowly become discolored. You can always have your veneers prematurely replaced, but you shouldn't have to do that if the problem can be easily avoided.

You can make some simple swaps, such as passing on the red wine and selecting white wine. You can also skip your morning cup of coffee and go with green tea. If you do want to drink a dark liquid, use a straw instead of drinking from a bottle or glass. It will prevent the liquid from directly touching your dental veneers.

Use Mouth Guards

Since teeth grinding often happens at night, it may be a habit you are unaware of. Unfortunately, this habit can cause your veneers to chip and crack if you are not careful about it.

A preventative tip is to have your dentist fit you for a custom mouth guard. If you wear it when sleeping, it will prevent you from unknowingly grinding your teeth. You can use a standard mouth guard from your local drug store, but you may find it to be uncomfortable and not end up using it regularly.

Floss And Brush Daily

Having porcelain veneers can make it tempting to skip out on flossing and brushing, especially because your smile is perfect thanks to the veneers. Always keep in mind that your natural teeth are under those veneers, and they require just as much care as they did before you got your veneers. Ignoring your oral hygiene can cause tooth decay, which will destroy teeth that are supporting the veneers.

Dental veneers will be a commitment for the rest of your life, but they can be worth the effort and cost. By following these tips, you'll be helping your new dental veneers last as long as possible.