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If you have minor cosmetic problems with your teeth, you may want to consider getting veneers. Veneers are thin shells, often made of porcelain that are placed over the fronts of your teeth. They can conceal stains and chips, as well as close the gaps between teeth that are unevenly spaced.

Veneers will last for about 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. While they will not last forever, you can help them to last by taking proper care of them. Your veneers can be chipped by ice or hard and tough foods, and by chewing on pens or other objects. If you grind your teeth, which is known as bruxism, you can damage your veneers, and you should work with your dentist to address the problem. They can also be stained by dark colored foods and drinks, or by tobacco use. If your veneers become stained, your dentist will have to correct the problem.

Remember that veneers protect the fronts of your teeth, but not the backs. They will remain vulnerable to cavities. You will need to continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and examination. Not only will your dentist be able to clean your teeth and check for problems in your mouth, but he will also check your veneers to make sure that they do not need to be repaired or replaced.

If your smile could use a little work, why not have a talk with our dentist, Dr. Steven Oshins to see if dental veneers are right for you? If you live in the Schenectady, New York, area and would like to schedule a visit at Oshins Of Smiles, call 518-356-5635 today. We look forward to helping you brighten your smile!