Porcelain veneers provide a natural-looking cosmetic dentistry solution for a variety of tooth ailments ranging from minor stains to major cracks. While porcelain veneers are made of extremely durable ceramic, Kansas City patients must still do their part in maintaining them in order to ensure their veneers last for years to come.
The Porcelain Veneer Misconception
Many veneer patients assume that veneers are stronger and more durable than natural teeth and therefore do not feel the need to actively care for their new teeth. It is true that the bond between the veneer and the natural tooth is very strong, making veneers immune to tooth decay and causing them to wear slower than natural teeth. However, while the porcelain is resilient, the area of the tooth that is not covered by a veneer is not. This means a patient can still get cavities and experience tooth decay even with veneers. The lifespan of veneers depend largely on how each patient maintains and care for them.
How to Care for Porcelain Veneers
- Seek out professional maintenance: It is important that you regularly schedule appointments with your dentist for professional cleanings and check-ups, which will allow your dentist to keep your veneers polished and clean.
- Brush and floss daily: You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day in order to keep your veneers looking their best. Ensuring your veneers and teeth are clean is the best assurance that they will be long-lasting. For an extra polish, use toothpaste that contains a gentle whitening product.
- Keep tooth decay at bay: Avoid food and drinks that are high in sugar unless you are able to brush your teeth immediately after consuming them. Limiting snacking will help stave off tooth decay, helping keep your veneers their healthiest. Other tips for preventing tooth decay include keeping your mouth hydrated by drinking plenty of water, keeping heartburn and acid reflux under control, and avoiding medications that contain chlorine such as aspirin or antihistamines.
- Protect veneers with a mouth guard: Veneers are not designed to withstand impact and can fracture. If you engage in contact sports that could potentially result in a hard blow to your mouth or face, it is advised that you wear a mouth guard during these activities to protect your veneers in addition to the rest of your natural teeth. A mouth guard is also advisable for veneer patients that grind their teeth at night.
- Avoid biting hard objects: Avoid chewing on hard candy or objects that could potentially cause your veneers to break and require them to be replaced.
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Veneers can potentially last for years or even decades with the proper care. It is important that veneer patients do not underestimate the effectiveness of simple and consistent maintenance. Not only will patients help maximize the lifespan of veneers, but they will also help ensure good overall oral health. If you have more questions regarding how to keep your veneers looking and functioning their best for as long as possible, make an appointment to consult the professionals at John Goodman, D.D.S.