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Smiles that have sustained minor damage over the years can often be restored by dental veneers. Veneers are very thin shells, frequently made out of porcelain that are crafted to match your smile and fit over the fronts of your teeth. Veneers are usually used to correct minor problems, such as chips, stains,and teeth are misshapen or spaced too far apart.

Veneers take two visits. During the first visit, your dentist will remove some of the enamel from the teeth that will receive the veneers. Then, an impression will be made from the teeth, which will be sent to a dental lab, so your veneer can be crafted and colored to fit your smile. When the veneer is ready, your dentist will attach it to your teeth with dental cement.

Once your veneers are in place, you will need to brush and floss them, just as you would your regular teeth. Your veneers will protect the fronts of your teeth, but the backs will remain vulnerable to decay. When you visit your dentist for your regular appointments, he will also check your veneers to see if they need to be repaired

Your veneers will last anywhere between 10 to 15 years, depending on the care you give them. In addition to basic brushing and flossing, you should avoid doing things that can damage your veneers. For example, you should avoid eating hard or tough foods, which can ship your veneers. Your veneers can also be damaged by chewing on ice, chewing on your pen while at work, or by opening packages with your teeth. If you habitually grind your teeth, you should talk with your dentist about a night guard or other treatments.

If your smile could use a little improvement, then it’s time for a visit with our dentist, Dr. Samuel Richey to see if veneers are right for you. If you live in the Riverton, Utah, area, you can make an appointment at Lighthouse Dental & Orthodontics by calling 801-871-3499. We look forward to helping you spruce up your smile!