Aftercare for Porcelain Veneers

VeneersWhether it’s because they provide stunning cosmetic improvements in a short amount of time or because they can correct a variety of minor challenges with tooth shape, shade, or rotation, porcelain veneers have become one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures performed.

If you would like your investment in veneers to pay off and provide you with a restoration that can last 10 to 20 years, you’ll need to care for them properly. Here are a few basic pointers to keep your veneers healthy and looking spectacular.

Veneer Care 101

  1. Brush and floss your veneers regularly and properly. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily protects the natural tooth underneath your restoration. It’s also important to use non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging the surface of the veneer.
  2. Visit your dentist for regular dental check-ups. Your dentist can monitor your veneers for any changes in appearance and check for decay in your natural teeth. His or her staff also have special hygiene instruments to clean your veneers.
  3. Avoid eating foods that stain your teeth or encourage tooth decay. The porcelain veneer itself resists staining, but the adhesive used to attach it to your tooth can become discolored. Your natural teeth that do not have veneers can become stained and create a “mismatched” appearance. Eating sweet, sticky, carbohydrate-laden foods can fuel tooth decay, which can be harder to detect when it occurs under a veneer.
  4. Avoid exposing your veneers to excessive force. Porcelain veneers are strong but not as strong as your natural tooth enamel. Don’t use your teeth as tools to rip, crush or open items, and if you grind your teeth, get the condition treated by your dentist. Also, if you play contact sports, talk to your dentist about getting a custom-fitted mouthguard made.

“Veneers are a cost-effective treatment for many aesthetic and clinical challenges,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “It’s worth it to take care of them to ensure they last for a long time.”

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