Porcelain Veneer Maintenance
Porcelain veneers are great for creating beautiful, lasting smiles. However, they can break and fail to work if they aren't properly maintained. If you frequently expose your veneers to bad habits or bad oral care, they will probably break. With proper maintenance, you can enjoy the dependability, functionality and cosmetic appeal of porcelain veneers for up to 20 years.
Good Oral Hygiene
Keeping your teeth and gums clean is essential if you want veneers to last for a long time. Proper oral hygiene creates healthy teeth, which are necessary for porcelain veneers to keep in place. Here are some easy tips for good oral hygiene:
- Brush after eating
- Floss before sleeping
- Brush and floss correctly
- Receive deep cleaning treatments regularly
Don't Use Your Teeth as a Tool
When you use your teeth to open bottles and plastic packaging, it places veneers under great pressure. They will wear and tear and maybe chip or break if you continue.
Don't Bite Hard Foods or Objects
Don't bite or chew ice in drinks, tips of pencils or your fingernails. Things like candy apples and nuts are also dangerous for porcelain veneers. Resist biting hard objects and consider the texture of food before you eat it. Porcelain veneers' lifetime will be shortened when they're exposed to unnatural stress.
Protect Veneers with a Mouth Guard
If you frequently participate in sports and risky activities, or bite or clench your teeth, consider a mouth guard. This appliance is worn to protect your teeth and soft tissues from potential trauma.
Avoid Food and Beverages that Can Stain
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant; however their limits can be tested. If you drink coffee regularly and don't wash stains off in time, they can become permanent. Consume food and drinks that only minimally stain. Rinse your mouth afterwards so that any potential stain is quickly removed.