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Porcelain veneers are great at what they do – creating beautiful, lasting smiles. They have the ability to change the shape, size, length, and color of your teeth. Even though porcelain veneers are very durable they can break and fail over time when not properly cared for. By exercising a little caution and providing a little care you can enjoy the dependability, functionality and cosmetic appeal of porcelain veneers for many years. Here’s what you should do.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Keeping your teeth and gums clean is very important if you want your veneers to be truly long lasting. Good oral hygiene translates to healthy teeth, which are necessary for porcelain veneers to stay in good condition. Here’s how good oral hygiene is achieved and then maintained.
- Brush after eating
- Floss Daily
- At the very minimum brush twice a day (both morning and night)
While tooth decay cannot form on or through a veneer’s porcelain surface decay certainly can develop on any other natural (untreated) aspect of the tooth (including that tooth structure that surrounds the edges of a porcelain veneer). Keeping a veneered tooth as plaque free as possible will help to insure that tooth decay will not form.
Try Not to Use your Teeth as a Tool
Opening bottles, nuts and plastic packaging with your teeth places your veneers under extreme pressure. The forces from doing so may cause the tooth supporting the veneer to flex. As a result the veneer could come off, break or crack.
Don’t Bite Hard Foods or Objects
Porcelain veneers can be expected to provide good service for normal oral functions. Hard objects that you shouldn’t bite or chew include ice left in your drinks, tips of pencils and your fingernails. Candy apples and nuts, on the other hand, fall under the category of hard-textured food. Try not to bite into hard objects and consider the texture of food before eating them.
Protect your Porcelain Veneers with a Mouth Guard
If you participate in sports activities or clench and grind your teeth often, consider using a mouth guard. This oral appliance is worn in the mouth to protect your teeth and soft tissues from potential trauma.
Avoid Food and Beverages that Can Stain your Veneers
One of the advantages of porcelain veneers is being stain resistant. However, let’s not push its limits. If you drink coffee regularly and the stains that come with it aren’t washed off in time, the stains can become permanent on your veneers. It is best to prevent this from happening. Take food and drinks that have the tendency to stain at a minimum. Rinse your mouth afterwards too, so that any stain is immediately removed. Exposure to coffee, tea, wine, and tobacco can darken teeth and dental restorations. Though the veneer itself won’t discolor the underlying cement that holds the veneer could stain. If this layer becomes stained it will spoil the cosmetic appearance of the veneer.
Regular Dental Visits
Regular dental visits are very important for the maintenance of porcelain veneers. The dentist will be able to monitor your veneers, teeth and gums, check for potential problems and perform cleanings.
For porcelain veneers in Calgary, Alberta visit Dr. Jennifer Silver at Southcentre Dental Clinic. We do our best to provide quality, top-notch dental care for south Calgary communities. Schedule an appointment with us today!