10 Ways to Prevent Your Dental Veneers from Breaking

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When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, there is understandably a lot of confusion around the longevity and function of the different types of cosmetic dental treatments.

As a dental veneer provider in Mount Prospect, we're here to help answer any of your questions about this topic! 
Dental veneers can be a very positive cosmetic dental treatment that you can enjoy lifelong. The veneers themselves are designed to last up to 15+ years with proper application, dental hygiene, maintenance and your daily dental health habits.
For those unfamiliar with dental veneers, they are thin, wafer-like shells that fit over the top of your teeth to enhance your tooth’s appearance. They’re often made from natural-looking, porcelain or resin-composite materials.

Dental veneers in Mount Prospect are very versatile and can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic dental concerns. In some cases, a dental patient may get just one veneer to correct a damaged, chipped tooth.

However, it is common for patients to desire to have 6–8 veneers applied to their top teeth to create a stunning, balanced, and full smile. 

Dental veneers offer the following benefits:

  • Strengthen your teeth
  • Enhance tooth color
  • Correct tooth imperfections
  • Protect from chipping, cracking and staining
  • Boost your confidence in your smile!

At our dental clinic in Mount Prospect, dental veneers are designed to be as resilient and long-lasting as possible to give you a sustainable, beautiful smile.

They can strengthen your teeth likely to a much greater extent than they were before — all while whitening and enhancing your smile's beauty!

To extend the lifespan of your veneers, we recommend the following:

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 #1. Maintain a solid dental hygiene routine.

  • That includes brushing at least 2 times a day for no less than 2 minutes every morning and evening with a fluoride toothpaste. 

#2. Flossing at least once a day as usual. 

#3. Use specific types of effective, electric toothbrushes as recommended by the American Dental Association and our office.

#4. Avoid chewing hard objects like your fingernails, pens, or ice. Sometimes, these habits are totally subconscious. Practice mindfulness to be more self-aware when you do this. 

#5. Do not use your teeth as tools! Sparing yourself the time to find a pair of scissors by opening a tough object with your teeth is just not worth it!

  • Plastic packaging, bottles, snack containers, etc., might not seem like a threat but they can cause damage to your teeth AND jaw joint.

There are also many everyday lifestyle factors that can either shorten or lengthen the sustainability of your dental veneers.

To further protect your veneers, consider:

#6. Being more aware of grinding or clenching your teeth at night or during the day. 

  • This causes a lot of wear and tear on your teeth, and your jaw joint, which can lead to a painful condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).   

#7. Wearing a custom-designed mouth guard if you play sports or engage in contact-based activities.

#8. Stay away from biting into hard foods and treats like raw veggies, nuts, toffee, brittle, etc.

 #9. Being mindful of your sugar intake. Too much sugar in your diet is a recipe for cavities and complications. 

  • Dental veneers unfortunately can't protect your teeth from cavities, tooth decay and other dental health issues. 

#10. Seeing your dental hygienist in Mount Prospect for professional teeth cleanings at least once every six months, or as recommended by Dr. Meyer. 

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By implementing these recommendations into your daily life, you can extend the longevity of your dental veneers in Mount Prospect and improve your dental health as a whole!

By committing to dental veneers, you are also committing to:

  • A healthier smile and lifestyle
  • Glowing, whiter teeth
  • A big boost in self-esteem and your self-image
  • Stronger, more resilient teeth

Your dental health inherently connects with your wider, systemic health. This means that optimal dental health can impact your whole-body health in a positive, life-changing way.

It's critical to never underestimate the amount of influence that the condition of our teeth can have on your overall health and wellbeing.

At our dental office in Mount Prospect, we believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile that they're proud of. And that finances shouldn't be a barrier to achieving that. That's why we offer payment plans to help make that a reality sooner rather than later.

To learn more about our dental veneers services in Mount Prospect and affordable dentistry solutions, contact us today! We're here to help and support you with compassion and clarity on your smile journey.

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