A bright, beautiful smile is something that most people want, but a lot of people are born with a smile that they do not love. Whether your teeth are misaligned, discolored, cracked, or have gaps, a cosmetic dentist can help. One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in this day and age is veneers, which can totally transform a smile. Veneers are bonded to the teeth, and a cosmetic dentist can use veneers to create the smile that you have always wanted. Getting veneers requires a financial investment,so you are sure to want your veneers to look great for many years to come. Use the following tips to care for your new veneers:

Keep Your Veneers Clean

Veneers are often made of porcelain or a hard composite resin. After your veneers are put into place, it is very important to keep them as clean as possible. When you have veneers, you still need to brush your teeth regularly and floss daily. While veneers are not prone to decay like natural teeth, regular brushing and flossing can help prevent gum disease. You do not want gum disease while you have veneers, since it can lead to your gums receding, which can put your veneers at risk of chipping or becoming detached from the surface of your natural tooth. Make sure that you brush your teeth promptly after eating or drinking any food or beverages that are know to stain, such as tomato sauce or red wine. 

Use the Right Toothbrush

Veneers are very hard and durable, but you still need to make sure that you use the right toothbrush on a daily basis. It is not a good idea to use a toothbrush that has very hard bristles, since overtime the bristles can scratch the surface of your veneers. You are much better off sticking with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

Pay Attention to Ingredients in Toothpaste

When you have veneers, it is important to avoid using toothpastes that are too abrasive or can harm the surface of your veneers. It is best to completely avoid toothpastes that contain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. A good rule of thumb when you have veneers is to use toothpaste that is a gel instead of a paste. If you choose to switch toothpaste brands, always take the time to read the ingredients to make sure that the toothpaste doesn't have any harmful ingredients.

Contact a cosmetic dentist for more help.