Maintain the Pristine Look of Your Porcelain Veneers

Lady smiling with dental veneers

Dental veneers are a wafer-thin sheet of porcelain that your cosmetic dentist can firmly bond to the front sides of your teeth. The reason why dental veneers are so popular is that they are an effective way to instantly makeover a person’s smile. Your new porcelain veneers can camouflage stubborn tooth discoloration, gaps between your teeth, chipped teeth, and even misaligned teeth.

The average veneer will last about five to 10 years before it will need to be replaced. By taking good care of your oral hygiene in general and dental veneers in particular, you can boost their longevity and keep your smile looking brilliant.

Oral hygiene guidance

Dental veneers do not protect your teeth and gums from the effects of plaque and tartar buildup. It’s essential to take good care of your teeth and gums to preserve your new porcelain veneers and protect your mouth. Brush your teeth at least twice per day using gentle, circular motions. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush; hard-bristled toothbrushes can have damaging effects. Remember to floss at least once daily.

Despite taking good care of your veneers and teeth at home, it’s still essential to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist. Most dental patients need an oral exam and professional cleaning twice per year, but certain patients may need to come in more frequently. A professional cleaning is necessary because flossing simply isn’t capable of removing stubborn tartar.

Exercise caution to avoid damage

Dental veneers are strong but can be chipped without proper care. To keep your veneers looking great for years to come, it’s essential to avoid chewing on hard, non-food objects such as fingernails and pen caps. Likewise, avoid chewing ice (it can damage your natural teeth as well as your veneers) and limit or avoid hard candy.

Talk to your dentist about bruxism

Do you grit your teeth when dealing with an unpleasant situation? Although keeping a stiff upper lip may be desirable in abstract terms, it’s actually not good at all for your teeth. Bruxism, which is the act of clenching one’s jaw and grinding one’s teeth, can result in considerable jaw pain and chips on your teeth. It can also damage your dental veneers. Generally, dentists recommend other treatment options for patients who have severe bruxism or TMJ disorder. If you develop bruxism after already receiving your veneers, talk to your dentist about wearing a nightguard to protect your pearly whites. Similarly, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard while playing sports activities, since trauma to the facial area can result in damage to your veneers and natural teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry in Long Island

Your new smile awaits you at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. Suffolk County cosmetic dentists Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot work closely with each patient to develop a custom treatment plan that will improve oral health and quality of life.

Whether you’re interested in a whole smile makeover or just want to learn about your options, you can schedule a free consultation by calling 631.296.0570.

Resources:

  1. WebMD, Dental Health and Veneers, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers
  2. Oral-B, What To Expect When Getting Tooth Veneers, http://oralb.com/en-us/oral-care-topics/what-to-expect-when-getting-tooth-veneers

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