Dental veneers help patients fall in love with their smile once again. Knowing the proper care they require can help you get the longest life out of your veneers. Many of our patients have the same veneers for as long as 10 years. Keep reading for the top five ways to preserve your smile for the long-term. Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools Stop using your teeth to bite anything but food. In other words, don’t bite your nails, open jars, or nervously bite on your pencils. Porcelain veneers are like thin sheets of glass. While they are sturdy, they aren’t sturdy enough for non-food objects. Wear a Mouth Guard if you Grind Your Teeth Bad habits can start at any time in your life. If you start grinding your teeth after getting veneers, come see us. Just like biting on your nails or pencils can chip the veneers, grinding your teeth can cause the same damage. A mouth guard worn at night can protect the veneers as well as your natural tooth enamel.