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Dental veneers are a great way to improve your smile. Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They are used to cover up damage and discoloration done by decay and accidents to your mouth. They can also be used to narrow the gaps between your teeth.

Your veneers are durable, but they won’t last forever. As long as you brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste floss before bed and see your dentist for regular exams and cleanings, your veneers can keep your smile bright for 10 to 15 years. However, it is possible to damage them. If you on chew on ice or pens, bite your nails, or open packages with your teeth you may chip or crack your veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth, which is known as bruxism, you run the risk of damaging your veneers. Your veneers could be damaged in an accident, or the bonding material that holds the veneers to your teeth can wear away over time.

Veneers are stain-resistant, but can become discolored depending on what you eat and drink. Teeth whitening products will not correct the stains. Your dentist can repair or replace your veneers if they are damaged, and can clean them if they become stained.

If you are thinking about getting dental veneers, now is the time to visit with Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler to see if they are right for you. If you live in the Dodge City, Kansas area, you can call 620-225-5154 to make an appointment at First Dental today.