Dental veneers can give you a radiant, attractive smile and is ideal for those who want to improve the look of crooked, chipped or worn down teeth and as well as cover unwanted gaps too.
But porcelain veneers are a big investment and you will naturally want to keep them looking their best for as long as possible, with the potential of lasting between 9 to 15 years. So, if you decide to go ahead with this cosmetic procedure, here are some tips on how to care for your dental veneers.
Maintain good oral hygiene
First and foremost, the best thing you can do is practice proper oral hygiene to ensure they are in tip top condition. This is done by brushing and flossing at least twice a day, preferably with a soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste in order to combat a build-up of plaque to the underlying teeth, and prevent damage to the polished surface of your dental veneers.
Avoid biting on hard objects
Despite porcelain dental veneers being a durable material, they are still prone to wearing out over time. One of the worst things you can do is chewing or biting down on solid objects including hard-boiled sweets, fingernails, or even pens and pencils when you’re thinking or daydreaming.
No teeth grinding
Another helpful tip on how to care for your dental veneers is to avoid teeth grinding at all costs. Factors such as stress, anxiety or sleep problems, known as Bruxism, where you’re likely to grind your teeth subconsciously at night is a harmful habit that can cause your dental veneers to chip or break off under pressure. Therefore, consult with your cosmetic dentist beforehand about the treatment options available to help stop it before any damage occurs.
Coffee, berries, red wine, and caffeinated or sugary drinks are the main culprits of teeth staining. Although porcelain veneers are highly resistant to discolouration, all other exposed areas and the edges of your veneers are vulnerable to darkening or yellowing. So, eat and drink these in moderation and always remember to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine to minimise the staining agents effect on your teeth.
Book regular dental check ups
Finally, our final tip on how to care for your dental veneers is book an appointment with your local dentist every six months for regular check-ups to monitor their progress and identify any issues with your dental veneers before it’s too late.
If you’re looking to improve the colour and appearance of your smile, contact the cosmetic dentistry professionals at Ten Dental, where we offer dental veneers treatment in Clapham, Balham and Wandsworth.