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Not all dental problems require major dental work. In fact if your tooth decay is in its earliest stages, you have a chip in your teeth, or your teeth are discolored, the wrong size or unevenly spaced, your dentist may be able to fix the problem with a dental bond or a veneer.

Both of these options are easy ways to fix simple tooth issues, but as our dentist, Dr. Bogdan Bodroug can tell you, they won’t last forever, and you can do things that will shorten their usefulness. With the proper care, your bond or veneer may last for ten years, but that depends on you.

For example, if you have a problem with grinding or clenching your teeth, a condition known as bruxism, you can easily damage your dental work. You need to have the dentist check for bruxism, and if it is a problem for you, you may need to wear a night guard when you sleep or learn some relaxation techniques to reduce your level of stress. You also need to break bad habits such as chewing on pens or pencils and biting your nails. If you are one of those people who open packages with your teeth, including paper or plastic bags, you run the risk of damaging your veneer or bond. You need to continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. A dental bond relies on keeping the rest of your tooth healthy, and veneers only protect the fronts of your teeth, leaving the backs vulnerable to tooth decay.

If you have minor tooth damage in Vancouver, Washington, we can help you at Quality Dental Care. Call 360-448-7018 today to schedule your appointment.