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Veneers are a terrific way to improve your smile. If your teeth are cracked or chipped, discolored or misshapen, veneers can effectively conceal the damage. If your teeth are spaced too far apart, veneers can help close the gap to give you a more appealing look.

To prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of your tooth enamel, and impressions will be made of those teeth. A dental lab will use those impressions to create the veneers which will fit over the fronts of your teeth. The dentist will have them made in a color that will allow them to blend in with the rest of your smile, and will attach them to your teeth with dental cement.

Because some enamel must be removed, the process of getting veneers is irreversible. For that reason, you need to commit to taking care of your veneers. However, remember that veneers are not meant to be permanent, and at some point, they will need to be replaced.

If you chew on pencils, pens, ice or other objects, you risk damaging your veneers. If you habitually grind or clench your teeth, a condition known as bruxism; you could be putting your veneers at risk. Your veneers can also be damaged if you use your teeth to open packages. Dark colored foods and beverages can stain your veneers, and they will need to be polished by your dentist. Keep in mind that the cement holding your veneers in place will eventually wear our as well. You should continue to brush twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams.

If you are considering getting veneers to improve your smile, you should see our dentist, Dr. Robert C. Freeman for an exam or consultation. If you live in the Knoxville, Tennessee area, call 865-577-7535 to make an appointment at Robert C. Freeman, DDS. We are excited to help you create a bright and healthy smile!