How to Take Care of Dental Veneers?
If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching and chipped or worn teeth
When would I need a veneer?
Veneers can improve the color, shape, and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right color to improve a single discolored tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again.
The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others
Before you get veneers
Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you get veneers. Your dentist can treat any disease or decay before your veneers are placed.
Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may suggest you wear a plastic dental night guard while sleeping.
Although your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
How to Take Care of Dental Veneers?
Tip 1: Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
In order to keep your veneers looking flawless for many years, the best thing you can do is to practice proper oral hygiene. This will not only prolong the life of your veneers but also keep your mouth healthy. Even though porcelain veneers do not decay there are still parts of the teeth that may be exposed and be at risk for decay. You will need to brush twice a day and floss once in order to keep your veneers in tip-top shape.
Tip 2: Soft Toothbrush and Proper Toothpaste
When you have porcelain veneers you need to make sure that you are using a soft toothbrush when you brush your teeth. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause the polish on your veneers to become damaged. Try and stay away from toothpaste that has harsh abrasives as they also can cause damage to your veneers.
Tip 3: Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease has the tendency to cause inflammation in the gums and sometimes cause them to recede. Receding gums have the tendency to expose part of the veneer which could, in turn, impact the overall appearance of them as well as your smile. Continue to practice proper oral hygiene and see your dentist if your veneers become damaged.
Tip 4: Frequent Dental Check-Ups
When you have porcelain veneers it is important that you do not miss your six-month check-up with your dentist. Your gums and teeth will remain healthy and your veneers can be repaired if need be. Keep your regularly scheduled appointments to prolong the life of your veneers.
Tip 5: Avoid Chewing on Objects
Even though porcelain veneers are durable they are not quite as strong as regular teeth. Try not to chew on hard objects such as ice, your fingernails, pens, and pencils. If you chew on a hard object it could cause your veneers to chip or become damaged.
Tip 6: Avoid Grinding and Clenching Teeth
If you grind or clench your teeth this is a habit that should be stopped regardless if you have veneers or not. It has the ability to wear down your veneers and can cause severe damage to the porcelain. If you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth you need to talk to your dentist about treatment options that can help you stop this bad habit before it causes damage to your teeth or veneers.
Tip 7: Avoid Foods That Stain Your Teeth
Most porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, the adhesive that is used to keep your veneers attached are not resistant to stains. This could cause the edges of your veneers to become darkened or yellowed. Try to avoid drinks such as coffee, soda, and try to use a straw in order to decrease the chances of these drinks staining your veneers.
Tip 8: Quit Smoking
Everyone already knows what a bad habit smoking is and it is also bad for your veneers. It can cause your veneers to become stained and discolored. If you want them to look their best, then you need to make sure you do not smoke.
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