Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
By Dr. Tim Simpson on April 18, 2013
Porcelain veneers are dental fabrications that can dramatically and instantly improve the aesthetics of your smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct a single tooth or a full smile. Ensure your porcelain veneers will last as long as possible by properly caring for them. Here are some tips for patients near Midland, TX. The practice of Dr. Tim Simpson is here to help you prolong the life of your porcelain veneers.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
When carefully maintained, porcelain veneers may last ten or more years. Once you've received porcelain veneers, it is important to continue to practice proper oral hygiene. This will help protect your porcelain veneers as well as preserve the natural tooth behind the veneer. Proper oral hygiene means thoroughly brushing at least twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing at least once a day. Cavities can develop under veneers, making it important to practice proper oral hygiene. Regular dental visits are also important to preserving the health of the teeth and gums. Your dentist will be able to detect decay at its earliest stages and ensure your porcelain veneers will last as long as possible.
Avoid Foods and Drinks that Stain the Teeth
You can help preserve the beauty of your porcelain veneers by avoiding foods and drinks that may stain your teeth. Coffee, soda, red wine, and cigarettes are notorious for causing dental staining and should be avoided. This is especially important if you have veneers only on a few teeth since the natural teeth and the veneers will discolor differently.
Avoid Certain Bad Habits
If you have veneers, you should avoid chewing on hard items like pen caps, ice, and fingernails. Though porcelain veneers are very durable, they may chip in the presence of constant chewing on hard items. Those who suffer from teeth grinding often experience significant wear and erosion of their natural teeth. If patients continue to grind the teeth after undergoing porcelain veneers treatment, it can result in damage to the veneers.
Schedule Routine Dental Appointments
Another way to care for your porcelain veneers and ensure they will last many years is to have your porcelain veneers checked regularly by a qualified porcelain veneer specialist like Dr. Simpson. Porcelain veneers need special attention during dental visits and cleanings. Those who specialize in porcelain veneers will know how to properly polish your veneers as well as be able to detect the earliest signs of damage.
- Practice proper oral hygiene
- Avoid foods and drinks that may stain your teeth
- Avoid chewing on hard items
- Do not grind your teeth
- Seek a qualified porcelain veneers specialist
- Seek repair at the earliest sign of damage
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Simpson
For our patients in Midland, TX, porcelain veneers are transformative. Porcelain veneers can turn flawed teeth into perfectly shaped, gorgeous teeth. You too can have the smile of your dreams. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Simpson today to see which treatments are right for you.
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