Many of us desire healthy, straight, white teeth, though not everyone is so genetically blessed. Fortunately, modern technology has made it possible for dentists to help patients get a much-improved smile. Cracked, chipped, discoloured, or gapped teeth can be corrected with the use of dental veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are versatile appliances, often made of porcelain. They are custom-made to fit over a patient’s natural teeth, making them an attainable way to enhance the overall appearance of a smile. These thin and realistic white shells are permanently bonded over natural tooth enamel. Veneers are an irreversible dental treatment which requires special care.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are durable dental appliances that can last for 10-15 years, if they are properly cared for and maintained. Here are some tips to help them last longer:
- Proper Oral Care – Practicing proper oral hygiene is a great way to preserve the look and quality of a veneer. This helps increase the lifespan of the material and keep your mouth healthy and clean. Keep veneers in good shape by following your dentist’s instructions, and regularly brushing a minimum of two times a day and flossing at least once every 24 hours.
- Avoid Chewing Hard Objects – Chewing on hard materials like pencils, pens, and ice can potentially damage the veneer. Although the possibility of cracking or chipping the porcelain is quite rare, it can happen. Using your teeth to open packages can also prematurely wear the veneers.
- Use Soft-Bristled Toothbrush – Dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and the right toothpaste when brushing porcelain veneers. Using a hard toothbrush can damage the porcelain surface. Avoid using a harsh, abrasive toothpaste. Ask your dentist for a toothpaste recommendations when you have veneers applied.
- Refrain from Grinding Teeth – If you grind your teeth, work to change this habit before it causes serious damage both teeth and veneers. While making this change may be easier said than done, inform the dentist of your tendency to grind so they can help you with the aid of a specialized mouthguard or other suggestions.