Porcelain veneers are flat laminates of porcelain bonded to the front face of the teeth. They correct any color or shape imperfections and give patients an amazing even and healthy looking gorgeous smile.
If you have porcelain veneers, make sure your perfect smile lasts long with the following tips:
- Brush your teeth after each meal (remember the tooth behind the veneer is still susceptible to germs)
- Use floss before going to bed
- Have a professional cleaning treatment done regularly
- Don´t use your teeth as a tool to prevent your veneers from tearing or breaking. So, no longer opening bottles or nuts with them!
- Avoid biting on hard objects, such as pencil tips
- Avoid hard and textured foods such as nuts, candy apples or ice.
- Use a mouth guard while practicing contact sports or any other risky activity.
- Stay away from beverages and foods that could stain your porcelain veneers, such as coffee or tea, although veneers are stain resistant, if you drink coffee all day long and don´t wash it off in time, you could get stains.
- Try to quit smoking to avoid nicotine stains.
- Use a bite guard at night if you tend to grind your teeth.
- Avoid whitening kinds of toothpaste as they tend to be abrasive.
- Don´t drink excessive acid drinks, such as lemonade or grapefruit juices.
- Don´t use alcohol-based colored mouthwashes.
- Prefer white wine to red wine.
- Visit your dentist regularly
The final tip of visiting your dentist regularly is crucial for the proper maintenance of your porcelain veneers. The professional will check not only your veneers but also the underlying teeth and the gums. You must remember that your porcelain veneers are covering your natural teeth.
Therefore, it is important to make sure they stay clean and healthy since they can be affected by bacteria and you could get cavities. That being said, visiting your dentist will make sure your natural teeth, the ones supporting your bright porcelain smile remain healthy and strong. It is evermore better to prevent or to detect early any possible issue that could lead to your porcelain veneers failure.
It should be a habit to visit your dentist every six months for a thorough check up and a professional cleansing.
Additionally, in each visit, your dentist will evaluate if there are any wearing porcelain veneers, or if there is any hint of possible failure. Typically, stains can be removed, and veneers can be reattached if they come loose. However, if a veneer breaks or your gums show problems (if they recede) your only option will be a replacement.
Follow the tips mentioned above, and you have all chances of having a very long-lasting ideal smile with your porcelain veneers and your own teeth behind in perfect conditions.