Veneers are thin, custom-made porcelain shells placed on the front surface of the teeth. These porcelain shells improve the appearance of damaged, decayed, discoloured, or slightly crooked teeth. Here are some ways you can do to take better care of your veneers.
Regular tooth brushing
Veneers will have to be kept clean just like the rest of the teeth. It is best to use a soft toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste.
Use dental floss
Using dental floss will help prevent gum disease, which can damage the veneer through gum recession.
Avoid tearing through hard, non-food items
Porcelain is very strong, but porcelain veneers are not designed to be used as tools. Avoid using your veneered teeth for opening packages, tearing through items, and other activities that use the teeth as tools.
Stop grinding your teeth
Teeth grinding exposes the teeth – and the veneers – to extreme pressure. The continuous pressure can result to damage to the porcelain shells in the long run.
Avoid heavy consumption of staining drinks and food items
The adhesive used to bond the veneers to teeth is not resistant to staining. Avoid heavy consumption of food and drinks that can cause teeth staining to protect the appearance of your veneers.
Go for regular dental checkups
Visit your dentist regularly so that he or she can check on the condition of your veneers, and to be able to treat any problems in the soonest possible time.