Veneers can dramatically change the look of your smile. Since they’re made of porcelain, they’re very durable, but if you’re careful about the way you take care of them, they are likely to last much longer.
Brushing, Flossing and Regular Cleanings
With dental veneers, you can brush and floss every day just like you did before your teeth were treated. However, be sure you don’t use a toothbrush that is too stiff or abrasive, since this can damage the surfaces of the veneer. The part of the tooth just under the edge of the veneer is most vulnerable to decay, so be sure to floss thoroughly. Flossing removes food particles, plaque, and tartar from between the teeth, helping keep the edges of the teeth clean.
When you visit your cosmetic dentist, be sure to let him know that your teeth have been cosmetically treated. When your teeth are cleaned at your regular appointment, they will use less abrasive cleaners and be careful not to accidentally damage the porcelain during your visit. Your dentist can also provide additional information on how to care for your teeth after treatment.
What About Staining and Durablitiy?
Porcelain is naturally stain resistant, but limiting staining agents such as coffee, tea, nicotine, wine, or strongly colored fruit juices is recommended to keep the rest of your smile white and bright.
Although porcelain veneers are very thin, they are quite durable; however, they can break along the edges if you use your teeth to bite hard objects such as pens, pencils, or ice cubes. Avoid these actions to prevent chipping or cracking the veneer. You should avoid these activities with your natural teeth, too, so being careful with the porcelain can also help protect your teeth that have not been treated.
To find out more about veneers and how to take care of them, please contact the office of Dr. Riad Almasri at 214-521-5900 to schedule your professional consultation.