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Do you hate to have your picture taken because you can’t stand to hear someone tell you to smile? Is it because your teeth have some imperfections that you would just as soon not show to the world? If so, you aren’t alone. If you would like to stop finding creative ways to mask your grin, maybe it is time you talked with our dentist, Dr. Everett Eklund about dental veneers.

Veneers are very thin shells that are placed over the fronts of your teeth. They can be used to conceal chips or discoloration, and are also effective at closing the area between teeth that are unevenly spaced. What’s more, they are crafted to fit your teeth, and to blend in with the rest of your smile.

To place a veneer, your dentist will remove a small portion of your tooth enamel, and take an impression of your tooth. That impression will be sent to a dental lab which will craft a veneer specifically designed to improve your smile. Your dentist will fit you with a temporary veneer while the permanent one is being made. When it is ready, your dentist will attach it to your tooth with dental cement.

Because your dentist must remove some of your tooth enamel, the process is irreversible. And keep in mind that veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years before needing to be replaced. So, it is up to you to make sure that your veneer lasts. You can chip or crack your veneer by eating hard or tough food, by chewing objects like pens and pencils, or through bruxism, which is the grinding and clenching of your teeth. If you suffer with bruxism, you will need to talk to your dentist about possible solutions, such as wearing a night guard. You will also need to continue to brush twice a day and floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regualr cleanings and examinations

If it is time to improve your smile, and you would like to explore the possibility of one or more dental veneers, we’d be thrilled to see you. If you live in the Hagerstown, Maryland, area and would like to make an appointment at Potomac Dental Centre, you can call 301-790-2007. We look forward to seeing you soon!