Before you get veneers
Before you can get veneers, your teeth and gums must be in good condition. Before your veneers are installed, your dentist can treat any disease or decay.
Veneers are not always a good option for patients who clench or grind their teeth because the thin veneers are prone to chipping or breaking. If you clench or grind your teeth while sleeping, your dentist may recommend that you wear a plastic dental night guard.
Although your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, once the enamel is removed, the process cannot be reversed.
Over time, veneers may become loose. In that case, new ones may be required.
Discuss all of your expectations and treatment options with your dentist, as you would with any other aspect of your dental care. Regular dental visits are essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
After you get veneers
Under pressure, veneers can chip or break. Avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard objects like pencils or ice.
It may take a few days for you to adjust to the feel of your veneers. However, if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed, please notify your dentist. He or she will make the necessary changes before you leave the office.
Brush and floss your teeth and gums every day to keep them clean. Cavities can still form beneath or around veneers.