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The start of a brand-new year is just around the corner. Are you ready to face it with a smile? For too many people, they would just as soon try to make it through the year with their mouths shut, since they may be embarrassed by minor damage to their teeth. Even though the damage may only be a chip or a stain, or a tooth that is too short or too small; it is probably the first thing you notice when you smile. If that is the case for you, why not talk to our dentist about getting a veneer? Veneers can conceal chips and stains, lengthen a tooth, or decrease the gaps between teeth.

To place a veneer, the dentist will remove some of the enamel from your teeth, and then take an impression. That impression will be used by a dental lab to make a veneer that is custom-made to fit your tooth and blend in with the rest of your smile. When the veneer is ready, your dentist will attach to your tooth with dental cement.

Your veneer can last around ten years if you take proper care of it. Your veneer will protect the front of your tooth, but the back will still be vulnerable to decay, so you will need to continue to brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and see your dentist for your routine visits. Your veneers can be stained, and you should keep that in mind when you are eating and drinking. Your dentist can polish your veneer if it becomes discolored. A veneer can be cracked by ice, tough or hard foods or by chewing on pens or other objects. If you clench or grind your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about the problem. You may need to wear a nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

If you want to start the new year with a new smile, our dentist, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee will be happy to help. If you live in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area and would like to make an appointment at Philadelphia Dental Associates call 215-564-9010 today!