How To Maximise The Life Of Your Porcelain Veneers

How To Maximise The Life Of Your Porcelain Veneers

One of the main reasons people prefer dental veneers is because they are a one-time solution for several dental problems. Be it yellowed, chipped, or gapped teeth, cosmetic dentistry in Bismarck, ND can help you hide them with porcelain veneers and transform your appearance in just one dental visit. 

Although porcelain veneers are durable and can last up to 10 years, taking a few measures to maintain them can maximize their lifespan.

Tips To Care For Your Porcelain Veneers

  1. Avoid chewing hard foods. 

Foods like nuts, meat pieces that contain bones, raw carrots, etc., are hard to bite and can cause damage to your veneers. Biting on hard foods can cause your veneers to chip or crack. Therefore, it is suggested to try chewing these foods with your molars as much as possible. 

  1. Do not use your veneers as tools. 

Remember that veneers are only a replacement for your natural teeth and are not strong enough. Attempting to open a bottle cap or biting pen caps and fingernails can cause them to crack from the pressure. 

  1. Avoid dark-colored foods and drinks.

Although porcelain does not easily stain, it is suggested to avoid highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as red wine, cola, soy sauce, tomato-based sauces, tea, coffee, etc. Exposure to highly pigmented food can cause veneers to get discolored over time. 

  1. Reduce or quit smoking. 

Tobacco does not usually stain porcelain veneers. However, the composite used to attach the veneers to your teeth is vulnerable to stains from smoking. Therefore, smoking can cause the edges of your teeth to look brownish. 

  1. Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth. 

Grinding or clenching teeth, also known as bruxism, occurs in 8% of adults and should be treated regardless of whether you have porcelain veneers or not. The pressure created from grinding your teeth together can damage your veneers. Often people use a night guard to reduce the pressure. However, it is suggested to consult your dentist about it. 

  1. Practice good oral hygiene.

Although veneers are not your natural teeth, it is still essential to clean them regularly to make them look flawless for many years. Brush your teeth twice with a good toothbrush and floss at least once, preferably at night. Night flossing can help remove all the food particles acquired during the day. 

Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your veneers. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause the polish on the veneers to damage. Another thing to remember is to avoid the use of kinds of toothpaste containing harsh abrasives. If you have veneers, ask your dentist to recommend a suitable toothpaste. 

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