How to Take Care of Porcelain Veneers?

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Once you have got dental veneers it’s very common to get this feeling of taking more care of your new smile. A question like should I implement a special cleaning routine for my new teeth and what can I do to keep my veneers for many years are topics that now we are more interested in. It all makes sense because if you take proper care of your veneers then you won’t have to spend money on future repairs. That’s why in this article we in HVS reunited some tips to help you properly care for and maintain your dental veneers. I’m dr Wong, a general and cosmetic dentist in beautiful Bellevue and I’m here to help you get the beautiful smile you desire. I’m glad to see more people getting interested in taking care of their dental health so I love this opportunity.

It is important to remember dental veneers are ultra-thin shells shaped like a tooth made of porcelain or composite. These shells improve the color, shape, and position of your teeth to give you a better-looking smile and boost your self-esteem. If you want to know more about veneers read our article here. To keep your dental veneers lasting for many many years you should:

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Tip number one: Practice proper oral hygiene

Brushing your teeth after each meal will prevent staining your veneers and help them last longer. Make sure you use a soft bristle toothbrush every time you’re cleaning your teeth.

 

Tip number two: Flossing

This is one of the most important steps to ensure that you don’t end up with gum diseases. Puffy, red or bleeding gums can be prevented by flossing daily. Dental floss also removes rest of food between your teeth because in those areas a regular toothbrush can clean.

 

Tip number three: Avoid using abrasive toothpaste

Activated charcoal in whitening toothpaste have a high level of abrasiveness even though dental veneers are durable. They are fabricated with different materials. Whether you have porcelain or composite veneers I recommend you only use a non-abrasive toothpaste.

 

Tip number four: Don’t use your veneers as tools

This is a really bad habit. Your teeth or veneers were not designed to bite in hard objects like eyes finger nails or pencils. If you chew on a very hard object it might damage or break your veneers.

 

Tip number five: A mouth guard is worth it

If you get hit close to your mouth there is a risk of a chipped or cracked veneer. That’s why if you’re a person that practices boxing, basketball or any other sport I recommend asking your dentist for a mouth guard so that you can keep your new smile safe.

 

Tip number six: Wear a night guard

If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth you must wear a splint at night. Why? Because sleeping in a mouth guard could help prevent the chances of damaging your veneers.

 

Tip number seven: Avoid smoking

Smoking won’t stain your veneers but it affects your health. This is one of the main reasons for quitting it. Also, many experts agreed that smokers are more at risk for gum recession when their teeth begin to appear longer and their veneers become much more apparent and as you can see that doesn’t look good. If your goal is to preserve a beautiful smile and keep your veneers for many many years please consider quitting smoking now.

 

Our last tip number eight: Visit your dentist

Dental visits are essential to maintain natural teeth or any other dental work. These regular visits can help you to save tons of money preventing or early addressing issues that might happen also. Some specialists like me use non-abrasive toothpaste formulated for veneers to polish your smile and make it look like new.

Guys taking care of your dental veneers is very easy. It’s like taking care of your natural teeth, so the takeaway of this article is to use a soft bristle toothbrush, avoid abrasive toothpaste, flossing daily, avoid biting hard objects, and protect veneers from teeth grinding in sports, and visit your dentist. Often these are the essential tips to enjoy dental veneers for many many years.

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