How To Care For Porcelain Veneers

If your natural teeth are less-than-perfect-looking due to decay, trauma or any other type of damage, you can get a new smile with the help of dental veneers. The first step in obtaining  veneers is consulting with your dentist, who will determine if they are the best option for your teeth. After confirming that veneers will work in your specific case, your dentist may create a cosmetic image so that you can see what you'll look like after the procedure. 

Veneers replicate the look and strength of natural teeth so well because they are constructed of several layers of ceramic, and dentists can even match the color of the porcelain to your exact tooth shade. Veneers take the place of your damaged tooth enamel, creating a permanent bond. 

After the porcelain is placed on your teeth, the dentist will mold and form it to recreate the look of natural teeth. One benefit of veneers is that they are highly resistant to staining to food and liquids such as red wine and coffee.

To keep your veneers looking and performing their best, here are some basic care tips:

1. Brush and Floss Regularly 

Treat your new veneers just as you would your natural teeth, by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Brush with a toothpaste containing fluoride at least two times a day, such as in the morning and before you go to bed. If possible, brush your teeth after consuming sugary food or beverages as well. Thoroughly floss between all of your teeth, including the veneers, at least once a day.

2. Avoid Chewing on Hard Non-Food Objects 

Avoid cracking your chipping your veneers by not chewing on pen caps, ice or even your fingernails, which can damage the porcelain. Never attempt to open small bottles, such as fingernail polish, with your veneers as well. 

3. Maintain Dental Hygiene 

One important way of ensuring your veneers last as long as possible is by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. For instance, get a dental check-up, complete with a thorough deep-cleaning bi-annually. While daily brushing and flossing can help prevent cavities and decay around your veneers, your dental hygienist uses special equipment and technology to remove plaque and build-up from deep within your gum line.

If you notice any pain or damage, such as small cracks, on or around your veneers, make a dental appointment right away, such as at Leidenheimer Dental Group Inc, before the issue gets worse. Your dentist may be able to save your veneers before a problem progresses.