Veneers are an excellent way to completely transform your smile. To maintain the cosmetic benefits of veneers and keep your dental investment lasting as long as possible, try implementing these simple tips into your daily routine.
Practice Good Dental Health: In addition to keeping effective oral hygiene habits at home, visiting your dentist at least twice a year can help ensure your invest lasts well into the future. Patients should use a soft-bristle brush as well as non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent scratching or erosion of the veneer.
Maintain Soft Tissue Health: Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, can cause gum recession. This shrinking of the gum can compromise the appearance and stability of your veneers. Treatment for severe cases of gum disease may involve replacing veneers and soft tissue grafts for cosmetic and health benefits.
Avoid Bad Dental Habits: If you are a nervous nail biter, nighttime teeth grinder, or ice chewer, consider the effect those actions may have on your veneers. While the porcelain used for veneers is strong, it can still be damaged when subjected to repeated heavy force. Dental patients who grind their teeth, or chew on their nails can gradually weaken their veneers, causing cracks and chips. Being mindful of these actions can help you extend the longevity of your veneers.
Protect Yourself Against Dental Emergencies: When playing sports, individuals with veneers should wear a mouth guard to prevent or at least minimize the damage caused by accidental dental trauma. Additionally, patients who experience bruxism (teeth grinding) should consider a protective oral appliance as well.
Keep Your Smile Looking Fresh & White: While porcelain veneers are stain resistant, natural teeth can become discolored over time, causing a color mismatch between veneers and your natural teeth. To prevent this change, veneer patients should avoid excessive exposure to stain-producing foods like wine, berries, and coffee, as well as smoking. If you notice that your natural teeth have become discolored over time, they can be brightened with cosmetic teeth whitening treatment.
Scheduling a consultation with our Port Huron cosmetic dentist can help you achieve a beautiful and functional smile with porcelain veneers. Contact our office today to learn more about what porcelain veneers can do for you.