You’ve achieved the picture-perfect smile that you’ve always wanted. Whether you had porcelain veneers placed for instant orthodontics or to correct chips and stains, your radiant new smile has taken years off your age and given you a new zest for life. We wanted to take a moment to remind you about the proper aftercare of porcelain veneers.
Although modern dental porcelain is durable, some basic care is needed to ensure you get the longest lifespan out of your veneers. Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers the following tips that can help protect your new flawless smile and keep your veneers looking their best.
The Dos of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are generally low maintenance and can last up to 15 years. To get the longest lifespan out of your veneers, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Do practice good dental hygiene. Veneers don’t decay, but the natural teeth upon which the veneers are placed are still at risk. Also, gum disease can cause the gums to recede away from the top edge of the veneers. Regular brushing and flossing prevent decay and gum disease.
- Do use a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste. Hard-bristle toothbrushes can damage the polish on veneers, making them dull. To keep their luminous shine, be sure to also use toothpaste that doesn’t contain harsh abrasives.
- Do visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups. You should see your dentist every six months. At these regular visits, your teeth will be checked for any signs of decay and your veneers will be checked for any damage. Seeing your dentist regularly means any minor flaws can be caught early and repaired.
- Do wear a mouthguard during sports. Now that you’ve finally obtained your ideal smile, don’t you want to protect that investment? A mouthguard is considered an essential piece of sports gear. Your dentist can provide a custom-made mouthguard for the best protection and comfort.
The Don’ts of Porcelain Veneers
Although porcelain veneers are durable, they aren’t as strong as your natural teeth. The following bad habits should be avoided in order to extend the lifespan of your veneers.
- Don’t grind or clench your teeth. Even without veneers, this bad habit can lead to significant tooth damage and even tooth loss. If you grind or clench your teeth, or if you frequently suffer from jaw pain, ask Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen if you might need a nightguard.
- Don’t bite your nails or chew on hard objects. Modern dental porcelain is strong, but it’s still prone to chips and cracks, just like your natural teeth. To keep your veneers looking their best, avoid chewing on your nails, ice, pens, hard candy, etc.
- Don’t consume large amounts of stain-causing foods and drinks. Although veneers are made from stain-resistant material, it’s generally recommended that you avoid coffee, tea, and red wine. These substances are known to darken or yellow the edges of veneers. If you simply can’t give up your iced coffee, try using a straw, which will minimize the fluid’s contact with your teeth.
- Don’t smoke. You’ve heard the warnings from your physician – smoking is incredibly bad for your health. Smoking also discolors your veneers.
These basic steps will help ensure your porcelain veneers stay beautiful and healthy for years to come. If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen will be happy to go over all benefits with you. We invite you to contact our Orange County dental center today. Our entire cosmetic dentistry team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health and wellness.