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Caring for Your Veneers – Five Important Tips

Caring for Your Veneers – Five Important Tips

Caring for Your Veneers – Five Important Tips

If you have made the decision to get porcelain veneers, you are probably feeling excited about the prospect of having a more beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers can mask many dental imperfections, including discoloration, mild misalignment, and misshaped teeth. When properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for 10 years or more. In this blog post, Dr. Craig S. Kohler reviews five important porcelain veneers aftercare tips. For more information, contact our Chicago, IL practice.

1. Brush and Floss Daily

While porcelain veneers aren’t susceptible to tooth decay, the underlying and surrounding teeth are. If a tooth that has been fitted with a veneer develops a cavity, the veneer will need to be removed and replaced. To avoid the early replacement of a veneer, it is important to brush the teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Patients should also floss daily to remove plaque from between the teeth and the gum line.

2. Schedule Biannual Dental Exams and Cleanings

Patients with veneers should continue to schedule dental exams and cleanings every six months. During your exam, we will take x-rays and check the teeth and gums for signs of dental problems, such as cavities or gum disease.

We will also clean your teeth during your exam, removing any built up plaque and tartar, particularly in the more difficult to reach areas. Professional teeth cleanings can help prevent dental problems, making it less likely that your veneers will require early replacement.

3. Use a Soft-bristled Toothbrush and Non-abrasive Toothpaste

Porcelain veneers are quite durable, but their surface can be etched if patients use a hard-bristled toothbrush or overly abrasive toothpaste. We recommend the use of a soft-bristled brush, along with a less abrasive toothpaste, one that doesn’t include any whitening products. In addition, during dental cleanings, be sure to remind your dentist or hygienist that you have veneers so he or she can avoid any harsh polishing products.

4. Avoid Chewing on Hard Objects

Veneers can become chipped or dislodged, especially if you chew or bite down on hard or inedible objects. Do not bite your nails or chew on pen caps, use your teeth as tools, or chew on ice. These bad dental habits could damage your veneers, resulting in the need for early replacement.

5. Avoid Products that Cause Dental Discoloration

Certain foods, drinks, and other products are known for causing dental discoloration. Veneers are more resistant to stains than the natural teeth; as a result, you may develop a noticeable difference in color between your veneers and your natural teeth. In addition, the cement used to bond the veneer to the tooth is more susceptible to staining. This can result in a contrast between the bonding material and the veneer. To keep your veneers looking their best, avoid staining agents such as cigarettes, red wine, coffee, and berries. If you do consume these products, rinse your mouth with water afterwards to reduce the risk of staining.

Porcelain veneers have a long lifespan when patients practice proper aftercare. To find out if you are a good candidate for veneers, contact Dr. Kohler’s practice today.