Porcelain veneers have changed many lives by providing people with natural-looking, healthy smiles. Studies show that they have a high survival rate and can last for more than 15 years. With good dental habits and healthy lifestyle, your porcelain veneers can certainly last beyond that.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are durable, but like any other dental treatment, veneers are not perfect. You will need to take care of them to make them last longer. Your cosmetic dentist will discuss aftercare guidelines with you once the veneers have been fitted. Here are some tips to help you keep your porcelain veneers looking and functioning their best.
Practice proper oral hygiene – good oral hygiene not only keeps your mouth overall healthy but also prolongs the life of your porcelain veneers. Though the veneers itself will not decay, the exposed areas of the tooth, which is natural, are still at risk for decay. By brushing and flossing everyday, you can increase the lifespan of your custom-made shells.
Use non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft toothbrush – using a toothbrush with hard bristles and toothpaste that contain harsh abrasives can damage the polish of veneers. It’s always best to use soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
Keep your gums in the pink – people who suffer from gum disease are poor candidates for dental veneers. That’s why if you have porcelain veneers, it’s crucial to keep your gums healthy. Gum disease can result in receding gums, which exposes the top edge of your veneer and ruin the appearance of your smile.
See your dentist regularly – one of the best ways to maintain any restorative or cosmetic dental treatment is by visiting your dental team for your six-month check-up. Regular dental check-ups keep your teeth and gums in top shape including your porcelain veneers. Your dentist will also assess the shells and repair any issues that could affect them. Aside from this, your dentist may also provide additional tips on things you should and should not do with your veneers.
Bad Habits for Porcelain Veneers
There are some everyday habits that can damage your veneers, which you might not know about. Now that you have veneers on your teeth, be sure to avoid the following activities:
- Using your veneered teeth to open packages
- Using your veneered teeth to rip food such as hard breads or a difficult steak
- Chewing on hard foods like nut, popcorn kernels, frozen candy bars, and ice
- Clenching and grinding your teeth. This habit can cause your porcelain veneers to chip or come off. A protective night guard may be needed if you grind your teeth at night.
- Not wearing a mouthguard when engaging to any contact sports or athletic activities
More Porcelain Veneers Aftercare Tips from your Kallangur Dentist
At Prevent Dental Suite, porcelain veneers are one of the most preferred cosmetic dental treatments of our patients who consult us to improve their smile. Following and applying the tips mentioned above increases the lifespan of your porcelain veneers. If you are interested in learning more about how to take good care of your veneers, go see and visit your trusted Kallangur dentist at Prevent Dental Suite. Our dental team will gladly help you not only in boosting your confidence but also your commitment towards excellent dental care.
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