Dental veneers are a fantastic way to improve the appearance of your smile. They are also effective for repairing small things like chipped or uneven teeth. Now that you have decided to revamp your smile, there are a few things you can do at home to maintain them and improve their look.
Keep Your Smile Shining
Dental veneers are porcelain and they should be treated just like normal teeth. This means, anything that can stain or damage your natural teeth can also stain and damage your veneers. Habits such as nail biting, smoking, chewing on pencils or pens or eating ice should be avoided. All of these can cause your new veneers to chip or crack, just like a natural tooth.
You should also avoid the temptation to use your teeth as a tool, such as tearing open a package. When you first get home with your new veneers, we suggest that you eat softer foods for the first few days as you adjust to the placement and get comfortable with your new bite.
Avoid things that will stain your veneers to keep them looking new for a very long time. Coffee, tea, tobacco use, and alcohol will all cause staining of your veneers, just as they would your natural teeth. Maintain your smile by cutting back on the things that can damage or stain them and remember to keep your cleanings regular! Brushing and flossing twice daily is highly encouraged, again, just as with your normal teeth. Plaque builds up and bacteria will still occur and removing it regularly with brushing, flossing and visits to our office will help extend the life of your veneers.
If you are considering having veneers bonded to your natural teeth, please feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation. Our talented and helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.