How to Take Care of Porcelain Veneers After the Procedure
One of the most common questions I get from veneers patients is about maintenance and care after the procedure. Veneers, like similar forms of dental work are an investment that must be cared for to keep them looking their best. The good news is if you follow these steps below your veneers could last you a very long time.
Here are some ways to take care of your veneers and keep them looking as good as the day you got them:
Visiting your dentist regularly can prevent any issues that may arise previously unseen with your veneers. Your dentist can keep check on your investment and make sure that everything looks the way it should. It is best to catch any issues early on instead of down the road. Dentists can identify any gum diseases or mouth infections that could affect your veneers. By keeping an eye on potential issues, your veneers can stay out of harm’s way. Seeing your dentist regularly is also a good idea when it comes to cleaning your veneers. You should always keep up your dental hygiene at home, but having your dentist give your veneers a professional cleaning is always a great idea. Professional dental equipment will always be more effective than an at-home brushing, though you should always be keeping up your at-home hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily.
Stop the Grinding
Grinding your teeth is a hidden distress for new smile. Almost everyone grinds their teeth to some degree, most of the time not realizing that it is happening. Grinding of the teeth is extremely damaging for those with veneers, as this wears away at the veneer and removes the cap layer from the original tooth. Teeth grinding can also lead to cracking or breaking of the veneer.
If you have veneers, you can take precautions against grinding by buying a mouth guard and wearing it while sleeping. You can also consult with your dentist for additional options to help teeth grinding. Just as you should wear a mouth guard for sleeping, don’t forget to protect your veneers when playing sports or exercising. Wear a mouth guard in these situations as well. You don’t want to chip off your veneer in a game of football! A mouth guard is a multi-purpose way to make sure your veneers stay intact.
Those with veneers should be very vigilant as to their consumption habits. Veneers are easily damaged and discolored because of smoking and excessive alcohol use. Smoking will yellow veneers just as it yellows your original teeth. Drinking alcohol should be avoided as alcohol breaks down the boding composites that hold the veneers to your original teeth. This does not mean the veneers will come free from your original tooth, but it does mean that it will make the bonding area more prone to yellowing and extended damage.
You should try to avoid eating certain types of foods such as hard or chewy on hard foods. Try to avoid foods such as raw apples and carrots, as this causes extreme stress to the veneers. Tough food items should be avoided to make sure that your veneers do not chip or break. Just as tough food items should be avoided, so should inedible chewing. Do not chew on pencils, pens, or toothpicks. This can have the same damage as hard food products. Veneers are porcelain and are easily chipped if they come in contact with hard items. You should also try to avoid substances that cause teeth staining. Just as real teeth can stain, so can veneers. Cut down on coffee, tea, soda, dark-colored drinks, and berries.
How Long do Veneers Last?
Getting veneers is an investment in your smile that you must take careful steps to preserve. By visiting your doctor regularly for examinations and cleanings, wearing a mouth guard to prevent grinding and injuries, as well as avoiding damaging substances such as tobacco, dark alcohol, and hard candies, your veneers will stay white and work well for many years! Just remember: Veneers are just like your real teeth. If something can damage your teeth, it can also damage your veneers. For more information or to schedule an appointment at my Beverly Hills office, please contact us.