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Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or resin that fit over your natural teeth to hide gaps, chips, stains, and other aspects of your smile that may bother you. While veneers are built strong to last several years, they require your special efforts to maintain their durability. Our team at Jon C. Packman, DDS, PLLC encourages you to protect your veneers by following these four steps:

1. Know your veneer type: Dr. Jon C. Packman may suggest specified care treatment based on the material that makes up your veneers.

2. Brush and floss daily: Good oral care will prevent tooth decay and other oral diseases that make veneers irrelevant. Brush gently and avoid abrasive toothpaste, or else you may dislodge your veneers.

3. Avoid hard and sticky foods: Veneers are made of durable material, but they are brittle like glass. Certain foods, such as caramel apples and the shells of pistachio nuts, could crack your veneers.

4. Treat your bruxism: If you often clench or grind your teeth (a condition known as bruxism), please notify Dr. Jon C. Packman so that he can recommend a bite guard to protect your teeth (and veneers) while you sleep.

These four steps, while simple, could save you a lot of grief and expenses in the future. For more in-depth care instructions, feel free to contact Jon C. Packman, DDS, PLLC at 704.873.2211 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jon C. Packman. We want you to feel confident about your new smile.