Your porcelain veneers are an investment in your wellbeing and appearance. After receiving such a life-changing enhancement to your smile, it’s only natural to want to protect them from damage so that you can get the most out of your veneers.
Porcelain veneers are quite durable but there are some things to consider. It is important to keep tooth structure underneath veneers as healthy as possible. Even though porcelain is resistant to disease, there is still living structure under veneers that can develop decay and damage. In order to keep teeth as healthy as possible, you must commit to proper oral hygiene that includes flossing your teeth every single day.
Another thing to consider in keeping veneers intact is to be mindful of chewing or biting food in twisting motions. The twisting motions associated with oral function, such as that seen when taking a bite from a whole apple, could potentially damage veneers. Instead of biting into objects whole, cut them into bite-sized pieces. This will help preserve your investment in your porcelain veneers.
Chewing on inedible items and even biting your nails could damage your cosmetic dental enhancements along with your natural tooth structure. For example, chewing on pen caps or ice cubes could break or chip veneers – especially if these are habitual behaviors. Habits like these can weaken the bond between veneers and biological teeth while also damaging tooth enamel.
How do I care for veneers?
You will care for porcelain veneers the same way that you care for natural tooth structure. Brushing your veneers twice a day, for about two minutes each time, along with thorough flossing daily, will help keep your veneers and teeth free of surface debris like plaque and tartar.
In addition to practicing healthy habits, you should visit your cosmetic dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. Frequent visits to our practice will help our team look for signs that might contribute to potential problems later.
Call Aesthetic Dental Partners today to learn about your cosmetic dentistry options.