If you have recently gotten dental veneers, you are well aware of the dramatic and even life-changing results that they provide. Veneers represent a popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry because they can instantly erase a full menu of smile imperfections in a non-invasive way. Veneers are made of wafer thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your visible teeth. They can be customized in size, shape and color in order to fit your ideal goals. While porcelain veneers are designed with high durability and valued longevity, they still need to be properly cared for.
Protect your dental veneer investment by following these tips:
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
It may save time to rip open a package or bottle with your teeth rather than reaching for the scissors or a bottle opener. However, you may end up in a much more compromising situation if one of your veneers pops off or gets fractured in the process. Your veneers can handle everyday chewing function with ease, but they are not made to withstand unnatural forces of using them as tools.
Kick Bad Habits
If you have a nail biting or teeth grinding habit, you may want to reconsider porcelain veneers until you get the habit under control. For teeth grinding, you can invest in a custom nighttime mouthguard from your dentist. This can protect your teeth and your dental investments while you sleep.
Be a Diligent Brusher and Flosser
Care for your veneers just like your natural teeth. While your veneer itself is resistant to decay, you can still get plaque buildup on the tooth and gums around your veneer. Once the underlying tooth is decayed or infected, your veneer is in danger as well.
Limit Staining Foods & Drinks
It is true that porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but they are not stain proof. In addition, the bonding material (resin) that holds them on your tooth is vulnerable to staining. Consuming dark colored foods and drinks on a regular basis can cause the resin discoloration to become more visible. Try to avoid coffee, tea, wine and berries to retain your brilliant veneer shade.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Last but certainly not least, visit your dentist on a regular basis. This ensures that your veneers are continuing to hide your smile flaws but not covering up dental problems as well.
At Red Oak Family Dentistry, we love helping patients take advantage of porcelain veneers. However, we realize the importance of helping them protect their investment by teaching them how to care for veneers properly. Call us today to learn more about how veneers can transform your smile?
Red Oak Family Dentistry
McKinney, TX 75071