When it comes to dental veneers, you’re going to hear a wide range of conflicting information. Some of your friends may complain the ones they had didn’t last more than a few years while others will say theirs lasted a lot longer.

The difference between these two groups is that the second understood how to take care of their veneers. The following guidelines will help keep you on the straight and narrow path of successful veneer care.

Do: Brush Regularly

Dental veneers can last nearly 20 years or more if you practice good oral hygiene. So brush after every meal, floss between your teeth at least once a day, and use mouthwash. This will help keep plaque from rotting away the exterior of your veneers and prevent gum disease.

Do Not: Brush Abrasively

Hard bristled brushes can severely damage the surface of your veneers. So can very vigorous brushing, so make sure to use soft, gentle strokes and avoid concentrating too heavily on the surface of the veneers.

Do: Avoid Food That Stains

Foods and drinks such as soda, coffee, dark meat, and many others will stain your veneers very quickly. If you have a hard time not drinking coffee, soda, or tea, use a straw to keep it from hitting your teeth.

Do Not: Skip Check Ups

Regular dental check ups (at least one every six months) will help spot problems with your veneers. It also gives your dentist a heads-up on small problems and can help them from turning into a major concern.

This is just a small sample of the ways you can keep your veneers in great shape. To learn more about dental veneer care or to set up an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.