Dental veneers are often the go-to solution of those who wanted to improve their teeth’s appearance. They are used to fix broken or chipped teeth, misaligned teeth and even stained teeth. Dental veneers are made from wafer-thin materials that are placed over and bonded to the outer lining of the teeth. Most veneers are made from porcelain because they are more durable and able to resist staining as compared to composite-resin materials.
Dental veneers are quite expensive that is why it is very important to take care of them very well to get your money’s worth. Here are some tips for taking care of your dental veneers:
- Observe god oral hygiene. Like your teeth, your veneers should be cleaned by brushing and flossing them regularly. Non-abrasive and fluoride-rich toothpaste should be used in cleaning your veneers. It is also important to have your teeth and veneers to be professionally cleaned at least twice a year to prevent plaque build-up.
- Although porcelain veneers resist staining, the cement used in bonding the veneers to your teeth is easily stained by colored beverages and foods like coffee and tea. If you cannot avoid these beverages and foods in your diet, try to minimize your consumption.
- Avoid biting and chewing on hard and crunchy foods and hard things such as pencils and ice. Although veneers are known to be durable especially those made from porcelain materials, they cannot withstand extreme biting and chewing forces.
- It is also advised to avoid clenching and grinding your teeth. For people with bruxism, a night guard should be used to protect your veneers from clenching and grinding forces.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes because they expand and contract your veneers which can eventually result to its cracking.