Veneers can give you that Hollywood smile you always wanted. These very thin, tooth-colored shells are bonded to the surface of the teeth and can mask various imperfections like severe stains, chips, wide gaps, or uneven teeth.
But, if you want to enjoy your new smile for as long as possible, you will need to take good care of your veneers. Luckily, it isn't that hard.
Here's a quick guide to caring for your veneers.
You Need a Good Oral Hygiene Routine
The first and most important step to taking good care of your veneers is to develop a strict and thorough oral hygiene routine. Brush gently at least twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss daily to remove food particles and prevent gum disease.
Veneers may be made out of synthetic materials that don't decay, but you mustn't forget that they are still attached to your natural teeth. Without a proper at-home oral care routine, bacteria can get under the veneers and attack the teeth underneath. If the natural teeth get cavities, the dentist may need to remove the veneers to access the tooth and be able to treat it.
Avoid Staining Foods and Beverages
If you want to keep your veneers white and bright for years to come, you will need to reduce the consumption of pigmented foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, red sauces, frizzy drinks, berries, and so on.
Of course, asking you to give up your morning cup of coffee or to say no to a glass of wine at dinner or during a celebration can be cruel. So, make sure to limit your consumption of these beverages and rinse your mouth with water after consuming them to minimize staining.
Avoid Chewing Hard Foods and Objects
If you have the habit of using your teeth to open packages, bite your nails, or chew on pen caps, then you need to try very hard to give it up. These habits put pressure on your veneers and increase the risk of chipping or breaking them.
You also need to avoid eating hard and sticky foods like gummy bears, taffies, hard nuts and candies, and so on. Be very mindful when eating a steak. Instead of biting from it, cut it into small pieces so that you can enjoy it without the risk of damaging your veneers.
Protect Your Veneers
Since they are bonded to your teeth, veneers are at a greater risk of chipping or falling when you put extreme or constant pressure on them. That's why, if you play contact sports, it's always a good idea to wear a mouthguard to protect them. Likewise, if you grind your teeth at night you should talk to your dentist about a custom-made night guard. This habit can wear down the veneers and make them more likely to break before they reach the end of their lifespan.
Are Veneers for Me?
If you want to cover up things like stains, chips, or other imperfections, the team at Mint32 Dental can help you get the smile you always wanted.
Get in touch with us online to book your appointment with Dr. Leidy Riano Galeano.