Employ a Regular Brushing and Flossing Routine
The application of porcelain veneers is one of the most forgiving dental procedures on the market. You will not need to make any massive adjustments to your dental routine, but you will have to make sure to brush your teeth and floss them at least twice a day.
Do not be afraid to brush and floss your veneers. They can handle the pressure. That being said, it is wise to acquire a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste to ensure that your veneers do not wear down. Regularly brushing and flossing not only protects your porcelains, it helps your natural teeth. Guaranteeing to brush and floss frequently is vital.
Do Not Chew on Anything Too Hard
Veneers are extremely durable. Despite that, they are not as strong as your natural teeth. All of the hard foodstuffs that harm your natural teeth will harm your veneers. Do not bite your fingernails or chew on pens when you are nervous. We understand that some people do that when they are anxious or uncomfortable, but it is harmful to your teeth.
In addition, pretzels, hard candy apples, and nuts are bad for your veneers. If you have to eat hard food, we recommend chewing with your back teeth. You can also break up candy bars or cut apples into pieces before you eat them, to ensure that your veneers do not chip.
See Your Dentist
After you have had your veneers put in place, your dentist will ask you to come back. It is important to make sure that the veneers were put in place correctly. Bruxism, or grinding one’s teeth, harm your veneers as well as your teeth. Visiting your dentist is a good way to see if you are affected by this and the dentist can spot any other problems which arise.
Stop the Grinding
Grinding your teeth is a hidden distress for new smile. Almost everyone grinds their teeth to some degree, most of the time not realizing that it is happening. Grinding of the teeth is extremely damaging for those with veneers, as this wears away at the veneer and removes the cap layer from the original tooth. Teeth grinding can also lead to cracking or breaking of the veneer.
If you have veneers, you can take precautions against grinding by getting a night guard and wearing it while sleeping. You can also consult with your dentist for additional options to help teeth grinding. Just as you should wear a mouth guard for sleeping, don’t forget to protect your veneers when playing sports or exercising. Wear a mouth guard in these situations as well. You don’t want to chip off your veneer in a game of football! A mouth guard is a multi-purpose way to make sure your veneers stay intact.
Avoid Certain Food and Beverages
Some foods and drinks really need to be avoided when possible so they do not mess up your porcelain veneers. Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine and foods like chocolate, citrus, and soda can stain or erode your veneers. It is not logical to expect people to avoid these foods totally, but it is important to limit their consumption and to try and clean your veneers after eating such foods.
To prevent damage to your porcelain veneers, you will want to:
Use a soft bristled toothbrush
Avoid toothpastes with baking soda and other abrasives
Refrain from using an astringent mouthwash
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