If you’ve recently had some dental veneers, perhaps to cover stained teeth or to smooth over some irregularities, then you’ll want them to last. Geed veneers can last up to 15 years if you look after them properly, so it’s vital to start the right dental hygiene regime from the moment you leave the surgery.
Docklands Dental is a practice that many people trust for their cosmetic dentistry in Dublin and patients who opt for veneers are all given this very sage advice.
You must perform thorough dental hygiene
While the method of caring for your veneers is broadly similar to looking after your natural teeth – brushing at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day – it’s actually more important once the veneers are in place.
You might wonder why this is so, as the porcelain veneers can’t decay. Well, while the veneer itself can’t decay, the tooth underneath it certainly can. Each tooth will have an exposed, vulnerable area that will be susceptible to acid attacks and decay. Brushing your teeth is very important, then, to help your veneers to last as long as possible – decay very often leads to the loss of the veneer and that’s the least of the problems!
Of course, as well as cleaning and flossing, you must continue to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. Your dentist can look for any issues your veneers and the teeth under them may be facing.
Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush
Whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush, the bristles should be soft so that you don’t abrade the surface of the veneer, causing it to lose its shine and become prone to staining. Your dentist can recommend the most suitable brush and toothpaste combination.
Try to avoid food and drink that can cause staining
While the surface of the veneer is resistant to staining (as long as you use a non-abrasive toothpaste), the adhesive around the edges of the veneer can absorb stains after a while, causing it to become yellow or even darker, depending on your habits. Try to limit or avoid coffee, smoking, red wine and dark sodas. If you can’t resist your coffee and your red wine, then drink them through a straw whenever possible.
And just stop smoking!
Don’t crunch down on hard foods
The porcelain that makes up your veneers isn’t as strong as your teeth and so chewing on harder foods can chip them. Don’t crunch ice cubes, boiled sweets or similar foods and if you have a bad habit of chewing your nails or pens, stop that right away!
For foods like apples, cut them into bite-sized chunks instead of chowing down on them – every little helps when it comes to keeping your veneers looking great and working well.
Don’t grind your teeth
Grinding your teeth is bad news full stop, both for your veneers and your natural teeth. If you know you have a problem with tooth grinding, especially if it’s during your sleep, when you can’t control it, then you’ll need to have a mouth guard made for you. It’s very much a worthwhile investment.
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