Dental veneers are one of the most valued options in cosmetic dentistry. In just 2-3 painless visits, patients can transform unsightly teeth into the smile of their dreams. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of porcelain that are bonded to the surfaces of the front teeth. They offer a quick and long-term solution for teeth that are stained, chipped, worn, misshapen and even crooked!
While porcelain veneers can offer a life-changing smile makeover, they are not invincible. Just like your natural teeth, veneers need proper care if you want to keep them. Here are five easy ways to keep your veneers (and your teeth) in excellent condition in between dental visits:
#1 Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing are non-negotiable when it comes to keeping your smile clean and healthy. When you have veneers, it is important to use a non-abrasive toothpaste and an alcohol-free mouthwash. This will protect the surface of the porcelain as well as the bonding that hold them in place.
#2 Be Mindful of Bruxism
Bruxism is the act of grinding or clenching the teeth, which often occurs during nighttime sleep. Unfortunately, bruxism causes too much stress on your teeth, jaw and veneers. In fact, teeth grinding can quickly put your veneers at risk for premature wear and damage. If you can’t avoid bruxism, you’ll need to consider a custom mouthguard from your dentist to protect your new smile while you sleep.
#3 Chew Wisely
Your teeth may feel like they have extra protection on them, but they are still reserved for chewing food. Don’t make the mistake of assuming your veneers can handle biting nails, chomping ice, chewing pens or ripping off packages.
#4 Play with Protection
Physical activity is key to a healthy lifestyle. However, if you participate in sports, it is important to wear an athletic mouthguard to protect your new cosmetic dentistry investment from mouth trauma.
#5 Limit Staining Drinks
While your porcelain veneers are deemed “stain resistant,” that doesn’t mean they can’t be discolored at all. If you persistently choose dark beverages (like coffee, red wine and dark sodas), you’ll cause your veneers to lose their brilliance over time.
Have more questions about how to care for veneers, call Riverwood Dental. We love helping our patients achieve and maintain a beautiful and confident smile with cosmetic dentistry.