Your porcelain veneers have been the envy of all your friends and family, and have elevated your self-confidence to unprecedented levels. But how can you take care of your veneers to get the most out of them? Read on to find out.
Yes, you should brush your veneers just as you would your regular teeth. Doing so helps remove plaque and bacteria from the surface of the veneers. It also prevents bad breath, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
However, when brushing your veneers, you should be extra gentle to avoid scratching them or wearing down their protective coating. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth to protect your veneers from damage.
Brushing your teeth is just one way to care for veneers. There are plenty of other things you can do to keep your veneers in tip-top shape. They include:
Flossing is just as important for veneers as it is for regular teeth. Use a floss threader to get into the tight spaces in between your veneers and remove any food particles or plaque that may have collected while eating.
A dentist will check your veneers for early signs of wear and tear and make repairs if necessary. They'll also carry out extensive veneer cleaning to scrape away any tartar or plaque on your veneers.
Hard foods like apples, and carrots can chip or damage your veneers. Therefore, it's best to avoid them at all costs. Consider having mashed or pureed versions of the above foods if you must incorporate them into your diet. Also, avoid using your veneers to open beer bottles or other containers.
It's hard for people with a sweet tooth to stay away from candy. However, you must avoid candy if you want the best for your veneers. The bacteria in your teeth consume the sugar from candy and other sugary foods, producing cavity-causing acid as a by-product. Sugar also promotes the formation of plaque, which is detrimental to your veneers.
Having veneers is a great way to improve your smile. But you must take good care of them to keep them looking their best. Brush and floss regularly, visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups, and avoid hard and sugary foods. With proper care, your veneers could last you up to 20 years or more.
Contact Bayview Dental. We provide comprehensive dental services, including veneer placement and maintenance. Our staff are highly trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of veneer care and can provide tailored advice on how to keep your veneers looking their best. Call us today so we can answer any questions you may have about proper veneer care.