Veneers are popularly used in restorative dentistry as they are a durable and attractive way to immediately improve the appearance of one’s smile while feeling and behaving just as naturally as regular teeth. Although designed to be durable, veneers still need to be taken care of properly so that they may last a long time. Below, we look at some easy ways you can care properly for your new veneers and keep your smile looking brilliant for a long time to come.
1. Brush and Floss Regularly
It goes without saying that you should brush and floss your teeth regularly as a part of maintaining good general oral hygiene. This practice also applies when needing to keep your veneers in tiptop shape. Brushing and flossing your veneers regularly is particularly important after consuming meals that include items known to stain or erode teeth over time – like coffee, wine or acidic fruits and beverages.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
What you eat can significantly affect the brilliance of your veneers over time. As stated above, you should avoid acidic foods and ones prone to leave stains on teeth. Similarly, foods that are too tough or hard, should be consumed with care.
3. Regular Teeth Cleanings
Regular teeth cleanings and dental checkups are important to maintaining good dental hygiene overall, as well as your veneers. Additionally, avoiding highly processed foods that are high in sugar and salts, and opting to consume more water and organic foods is also a good place to start.
4. Polish Veneers
Getting your veneers polished is also an important part of keeping them healthy and looking great. Polishing is a simple procedure that can be done by your dentist once every three months. Again, brushing and flossing regularly can help you enjoy a more brilliant smile between polishes.
Additional Veneer Care Tips
In addition to the above, there are other ways to care for your teeth that may not be immediately obvious. For example, spending long hours at work can result in chewing a pen as we work on documents and reports. This is a no-no for your veneers as it can result in them becoming chipped or otherwise damaged.
Other habits such as biting nails, chewing ice, and even trying to open packages with your teeth, can inadvertently damage veneers. If you play sports or work out regularly, it helps to wear a mouth guard to protect your veneers during rigorous or full contact activities. Doing so can help to provide protection against chips and other injuries.
Contact us today!
If you would like to know more about veneers, their benefits, and how to care for them, we can help. Our friendly and competent team will provide you with more information about our restorative dentistry services. We will answer your questions and help you determine the treatment that is right for you.
In need of immediate care?
Dr. Rigby provides emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call (330) 666-7800