So, you decided to take the plunge and got your veneers done. You feel confident and flash your smile on every occasion showing those bright, white, and even teeth. You are getting a lot of compliments and this has started making you feel good about yourself.
Whether its porcelain or composite, taking care of your veneers can extend their life. Generally, porcelain veneers can last more than 10 years while composite veneers can last around 5 years. However, with care, your veneers can last for a much longer period.
Read our tips on how you can help extend the life of your veneers and your smile, so you get the best out of your dental treatment.
Maintain a regular check-up every 6 months
Regular check-up and cleans can remove the built-up plaque that your toothbrush cannot remove alone. If plaque is left to build up, your veneers might need to be removed to access the area.
During your visit, you can also get your veneers checked to see if they are still secure or if there are any signs of loosening or movement. With regular check-ups, you will ensure the warranty of your veneer’s treatment is kept valid.
Maintain a regular oral hygiene
Veneers do not stop the build-up of teeth decay. Hence, it is particularly important that you care for your veneers just like your natural teeth by maintaining regular oral health. Continue to brush twice a day and floss at least once daily.
Ensure that you use a soft brush or do not apply pressure while brushing because it can lead to gum recession. This leads to the junction between the veneer and your tooth to become visible and ultimately you will need to replace your veneers if it becomes unsightly.
Maintain a soft food diet
Try to avoid eating hard foods that may chip or crack your veneer. Eating hard foods by applying pressure with the end of a veneer may cause it to crack or get damaged. If damaged, a veneer will need to be replaced.
Avoid teeth grinding
Teeth grinding is a sleeping disorder or occurs when people are stressed. Teeth grinding or clenching at night may cause damage to veneers. If you grind your teeth, it is recommended to have a nightguard to help protect teeth during sleep.
Avoid foods that stain
While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, over time certain foods and drink can stain their pearly white appearance. Some of the foods and drinks that stain are coffee, tea, wine, and nicotine. It is advisable to sip from a straw which limits stains on teeth wherever possible.
Alcohol when consumed in large quantities has a detrimental effect on the bonding cement which attaches the veneer to the tooth. This can cause it to soften, thereby making it susceptible to damage, erosion, and stains. Since alcohol is also found in some toothpaste and mouthwashes, check the label to avoid alcohol-based tooth cleaning products.
While you can be thrilled with the result of your veneer treatment and get used to it like your natural teeth, at some point you will need to replace your veneers. Using the above tips, however, can prolong replacement for a long time.
Talk to us about crafting a new smile
Whether you are after porcelain or composite veneers, call us for an oral consultation. We will be able to assess the best treatment for you. Call our friendly team on 3390 6100 or email us. Or click here to book your appointment.