Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are used to recreate the look of natural teeth. Veneers are often chosen when slight alterations or changes need to be made to the tooth size, shape or colour. The treatment can also be used to correct the spacing between teeth.
Veneers are extremely strong and can withstand the forces generated by chewing food. But it is important to remember that dental porcelain is a form of glass, which is strong but isn't completely indestructible. By following a few basic maintenance tips, you can protect your porcelain veneers from damage and avoid any additional dental care cost.
Maintain Oral Hygiene
One benefit of veneers is that they aren't affected by decay or disease, however, the tooth beneath the veneer and your gum tissues are. This is why it is vital that you continue to brush, floss and use mouth wash on your veneered teeth, as you would for natural teeth.
Guard Against Excessive Chewing or Biting
You should take care to avoid excessive chewing or biting. If you apply too much force to your veneers, such as chewing on hard objects like pens, or food stuffs like crab bone or nuts, you risk shattering or cracking the veneer.
If you are someone who clenches or grinds their teeth, you should invest in a bite guard to protect your veneers. If you suffer from bruxism, a condition which causes people to grind and clench their teeth during sleep, you should wear a bite guard while you sleep. Although guards can feel uncomfortable at first, most people quickly get used to them, and they are the best way to protect your veneers while you sleep.
Watching What You Eat and Drink
While veneers are difficult to stain, the natural teeth that surround them are not. This can lead to your veneers being much brighter than the rest of your teeth. Once you have veneers fitted, you should avoid coffee, tea and red wine, which can all stain your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to get a new smile. Taking the time to care for them by following the above advice and help to ensure that your new smile stays at its best. If you have any concerns, or have any questions about the best way to care for your veneers, you should arrange an appointment with a dental health professional specializing in cosmetic dentistry.