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If you have minor damage to your teeth, dental veneers could be the solution to your problem. Veneers are cosmetic improvements that can cover up chips and stains in your teeth, and can also close the gap between teeth that are improperly spaced. Veneers are very thin shells that are often made of porcelain. They are custom-made to fit your teeth and blend in with the rest of your smile. Your dentist will place them on your teeth with dental cement.

Your dentist must remove a small amount of your tooth enamel in order to place your veneers. Because of that, the process is irreversible, and you will need to be committed to taking care of them. If you take proper care of your veneers, they should last between 10 to 15 years. But they will not last forever and at some point, your dentist will need to replace them if they become damaged or the cement wears away.

You can chip your veneers by eating hard or tough food, chewing on ice or pens, or by clenching or grinding your teeth. You should be mindful of what you eat and put in your mouth. If you grind your teeth, you will need to work with your dentist to solve that issue, to you can get a night guard to protect your teeth as you sleep. Your dentist may be able to fix minor chips with a dental bond, but seriously damaged veneers may need to be replaced. Your veneers can be stained by dark foods and beverages, and will need to be polished by your dentist.

If you have some teeth that could use a little sprucing up, talk with our dentist. Dr. James Stanford about having veneers placed. If you live in the Ballwin, Missouri area and would like to find out if veneers are a good choice for you, call Stanford Dental at 636-256-3559 today.