Veneers are slim, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They're used to give you a more even, beautiful smile. If you have chipped, discolored, or misshapen teeth, veneers are a great way to correct those problems. However, due to the nature of the veneer installation process, they should be considered permanent. Since veneers are an investment, you should take good care of them. Here are four tips to help you keep your veneers looking pearly white:

1. Brush and floss.

You should treat your veneers just like you would treat any other tooth. That means best dental hygiene practices still apply: brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your veneers, and be gentle when you floss. If you're concerned about dislodging your veneers with floss, you can opt to use a dental irrigator instead. Dental irrigators use a lightly pressurized steam of water to clean debris and plaque from between your teeth.

2. Wear a mouth guard.

If you play sports that carry the risk of physical impact, ask your dentist to fit you for a sports mouth guard. According to the American Dental Association, it's worth getting a custom mouth guard made because it will be much more comfortable, and you will be more likely to wear it. Mouth guards cushion your mouth in order to protect your teeth, which means they will also protect your veneers. 

3. Rinse your mouth.

Veneers can get stained just like your natural teeth. Dark-colored beverages like coffee, tea, wine, and soda can leave stains on your veneers over time. Luckily, you don't have to give up your favorite drinks in order to have beautiful teeth. You can still drink all your favorite liquids; just remember to rinse your mouth thoroughly when you're finished. This will help to wash away lingering particles until you can brush your teeth again.

4. Quit smoking.

Cigarette smoke is another thing that can discolor your veneers. Getting rid of your smoking habit is a great way to keep your veneers looking shiny and healthy. As an added bonus, your breath will smell better, and you will be healthier overall.

Veneers are a great way to give yourself a stunning smile. With the proper care, they can last for many years. These simple tips will give you all the tools you need to look after your veneers. Contact a dentist, like Aaron G Birch, DDS PC, for more help.