9 Effective Ways to Care for Your Veneers
Many models and Hollywood celebrities today sport picture-worthy smiles thanks to porcelain veneers, widely regarded as one of the best solutions to getting perfectly shaped white teeth. Although a bit on the pricey side, the results that veneers promise are way worth the cost especially if you know how to properly care for them.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or composite raisin attached to the front of the teeth. They are custom-made to fit over your teeth. They are a popular solution to teeth that are stained, chipped, word down, misaligned, or even gapped.
Veneers don’t have the tendency to crack, unlike dental bonding, although their biggest selling point is in how natural they look. Compared to other solutions, such as dentures, they look and gleam like real, freshly cleaned teeth. However, this benefit can be considered their biggest giveaway, too, as they resist staining so well that they can look too white beside natural, discolored teeth.
How do you care for your veneers?
Maintaining your veneers doesn’t require an entire regimen. They are meant to feel as natural as they look after all, so caring for them is as easy as following these tips:
1. Keep them clean. You must care for your veneers just as much as you care for your real teeth. Brushing at least twice a day and using dental floss are great ways to maintain optimal dental health. Poor hygiene can also lead to gum diseases, which may cause your gums to recede, exposing the borders of veneers and putting them at risk of chipping or detachment.
2.Use the right toothpaste. Some toothpaste brands may contain ingredients that are too abrasive for both your teeth and your veneers. When choosing your toothpaste, make sure to check the ingredients for substances like hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. The former will eat away at your veneers’ surface while the latter’s gritty nature can lead to the veneers losing their color and sheen. In general, it may be wiser to choose gel products over those in paste form as they tend to contain none of the ingredients mentioned. Do not feel compelled to buy whitening toothpastes either, as they are not necessary and may even be detrimental to your veneers.
3. Do not bite into very hard objects. Everybody knows the teeth are not just used for eating, but they can also be used as tools for, say, opening bottles. Unfortunately, such an activity is harmful not just for your teeth, but also for your veneers. Very hard objects, such as metal caps and glass bottles can chip the porcelain. If you have the habit of biting into random things, such as pencils, pens, or even ice, it would be helpful if you can take steps to end the mannerism.
4. Watch what you eat. The rule against biting hard stuff also applies to food, such as raw carrots, raw apples, hard chips, and meat cuts that contain bone. Aside from watching out for tough food items, you must also be wary of eating too much, especially those that contain lots of sugar and acid. These items contribute to tooth decay which cannot be good for your veneers either. That said, be sure to avoid sweet and starchy foods, such as candies, pastas, breads, and crackers, as well sugary drinks like carbonated soda and fruit juice. Acidic items like fruits (lemons and other kinds of citrus) are also best prevented from staying too long inside your mouth. Finally, avoid food that contain lots of coloring. Veneers do get stained, just not very easily.
5. Avoid too much alcohol. Consuming lots of alcoholic drinks will soften the bonding composites holding the veneers to your teeth. While this doesn’t mean the veneers will come loose, it will make the bonding line more prone to damage, deterioration, and stains. Alcohol is not found just in beverages though. When buying mouthwash or toothpaste, check the ingredient list to see if they contain alcohol as these can be just as damaging as liquor.
6. Address teeth grinding. Bruxism can be a problem for some people and they can’t help it. If you grind your teeth when you’re asleep, check with your doctor on what you can do to manage the issue. You will most likely be told to wear a mouth guard while sleeping. Needless to say, teeth grinding damages veneers, so making sure the problem is looked into will save you from further expenses.
7. Choose your toothbrush. Brushing your teeth does wonders for your teeth’s health and your veneers’ longevity, but only if you use the right toothbrush. Pick one that’s not too hard as it will scratch the surface of your veneers. Settle instead for a toothbrush that has soft bristles.
8. Wear a mouth guard. Do you engage in contact sports like boxing, taekwondo, wrestling, or mixed martial arts? To protect your veneers, be sure to wear a mouth guard as this will minimize the impact of any strong force you may encounter.
9. Visit your dentist regularly. There are two reasons why you should do this. For one, your dentist can help you avoid gum and mouth infections that can adversely affect the quality and the state of your veneers. Second, they can address any problem that might come up before it gets worse, such as chips, cracks, or deteriorating bonds between your veneers and your teeth.
Keep in mind that veneers, like everything else, do not last forever. You will have to replace them after a definite period. Your dentist can give you recommendations on when you will need to get your replacement veneers, or if you need a different solution.
If you want to improve the quality and the appearance of your smile, there is very little doubt on the effectiveness of veneers. However, in order to obtain and maximize the benefits they offer, it takes more than just being able to afford them, you also have to know how to maintain them.