Dental veneers can help improve the overall appearance of your teeth and smile. Made from porcelain or resin composite, they are pretty durable and can last 10-15 years if taken care of correctly. However, many people do not know how to take proper care of their veneers.
It can be difficult to take care of your veneers if you do not have the right tips and information. Generally speaking, veneers are quite easy to maintain. They don’t require heavy maintenance, however their durability does depends on the material used to manufacturer the veneer and the care provided.
Let’s look at some tips on how to take care of dental veneers:
Taking Care Of Dental Veneers
If you want to keep your dental veneers in top-notch form, then consider the following tips:
- Choose The Right Brushing Technique and Toothpaste: Since dental veneers are like your natural teeth, they need the same care that you would provide to your natural set of teeth.
It’s important to brush your teeth, including your veneers, at least twice a day. The most important thing here is the technique used to brush the teeth and the toothpaste used.
Make sure to choose a product that does not contain the following ingredients:
- Sodium bicarbonate
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
These three ingredients may be beneficial for your natural teeth but they can harm dental veneers. They can cause the veneers to lose luster, shine, and integrity.
They directly affect the surface of the veneers and their gritty nature gradually eats away the color. Other than this, make sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Hard bristle toothbrushes can scratch and cause the veneers to lose their shine. Moreover, never apply too much pressure when brushing the veneers as it can also lead to problems.
- Solution: We suggest that you choose a gel over toothpaste as most of the gels do not contain the above ingredients. However, if you find a toothpaste that does not contain these ingredients then you can use it as well.
Also make sure to choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. Pay attention to the brushing method. It is best to hold the brush firmly but without putting any pressure while you brush. Hold it at a 45-degree angle and move it in a back-and-forth direction.
- Do Not Ignore Teeth Grinding: Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, not only affects your natural teeth but can also affect your veneers. It can cause the veneer to chip off.
Teeth grinding is when the upper and lower teeth rub against each other. It can also include clenching of the jaw, which can put pressure on the veneers and cause them to get damaged.
Some people are in the habit of grinding their teeth when they’re awake and some do it at night unaware of the habit. Your partner may be able to tell you if you grind your teeth at night so you can find a solution.
- Solution: It can be difficult to control teeth grinding without a mouthguard. A mouthguard is worn to prevent the clenching of your jaw. Visit us to know more about mouthguards and how they can benefit you.
At Monica Neely Dentistry, we offer customized solutions to ensure you do not feel any pain or discomfort when you wear the mouthguard.
- Do Not Chew Hard Food: You don’t have to give up on your favorite foods just because you have dental veneers. However, you must be careful with how you eat hard foods.
Try not to bite on hard surfaces as it can put a lot of pressure on your teeth and cause your veneer(s) to break.
- Solution: Do not chew hard foods like ice. Instead, break the food into small pieces so that you can eat it without putting pressure on your mouth or veneer.
It’s also a good idea to stay away from foods that contain a lot of sugar and acid as they also cause the veneer to decay.
- Prevent Gum Disease: Gum disease mainly affects the gum but can be bad for the veneer as well, as it can expose the veneer and cause it to chip off.
- Solution: The best way to prevent gum disease is to take care of your oral health. Brush and floss every day and do not miss your dental appointments. You can also use mouthwash to reduce the risk even more.
Taking care of your dental veneers is the same as taking care of your natural teeth. Call 405-302-0100 to speak to us about dental veneers and learn more about why they might be the right fit for you.
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