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How to take care of porcelain veneers

January 20, 2018

Porcelain veneers provide one of the best routes to achieving a natural smile, helping to correct the effects of gaps, chips, cracks, and staining.  However, porcelain veneers also represent a significant investment, so you’ll want to take care of them, and keep them looking their best for as long as possible.

For the most part, there are no special dietary requirements, and you don’t need to adhere to too onerous a hygiene routine either – the care of your veneers just entails a little common sense, which we know you possess in droves. Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

Dental routine first and foremost

Just like your natural teeth, veneers can show a build-up of plaque and tartar, so it’s important to keep up your regular dental routine. So do brush your teeth twice a day, with a good quality brush and toothpaste; and don’t let your dental check-ups slip, ensure you have them twice a year. A regular clean by a professional hygienist will help combat the build up of plaque or tartar. All in all, the better the care you take of your teeth and your veneers, the longer they will last.

Are you a day dreamer?

Well, there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s all too easy when you are grappling with a complex problem or simply day dreaming a little to bite on an inedible item, like a ballpoint pen or a pencil. Well, please reframe, as it’s one of the things most likely to damage the immaculate look of your veneers. On this note, do be mindful of the potential for ice or hard boiled sweets to damage or chip your veneers, so eat them in moderation and with care. However, for the most part, you can:

Relish your food

Food is one of the great pleasures of life, so do enjoy what you eat, and don’t worry too much about what may stain your teeth or not. In fact, you’ll be pleased to know that many foods that cause discoloration to our natural teeth don’t pose a problem for porcelain veneers. So if caffeine fuelled or alcoholic drinks have been a cause of concern in this respect, you don’t need to worry. Even deeply coloured summer fruits shouldn’t lead to stains on the veneers.

However, all of the above can prove a problem for the bonding agent used to repair chips, so be mindful of this, if it’s been used on any of your teeth. Also, remember, any uncovered parts of your teeth are still subject to decay and staining, so keep up the good work and maintain your good dental health routine. A good veneer though will cover the entire front of a tooth, leaving nothing else, bonding agent or natural tooth on show.

Time for another dental check-up?

Then contact Natural Smiles, we have a dentist based in Leicester, Corby and Wigston; so make an appointment without delay. In addition to routine checkups, our skilled team also provide a range of implant and cosmetic dentistry. Moreover, if you’re suffering from tooth pain, we’ll make your appointment a priority, so contact our dedicated team today.

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