The Do's and Don'ts of Veneers

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers are one of the best options to correct a wide range of issues. Whether we're talking about discolored, chipped, or misshapen teeth or gaps between teeth, veneers can help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. 

Veneers can provide a long-lasting solution for various cosmetic dental issues, and with proper care, they can last for several years. However, it's important to follow a few rules to maximize the lifespan of your veneers. 

First, What are Veneers?

To understand how something as simple as the food you eat can affect your veneers, it's important to know how they work. 

Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are placed over your teeth. In order for the dentist to be able to attach the veneers, they need to trim down some of your teeth's enamel. And because enamel doesn't grow back, you'll always need veneers (you need to replace them when they get damaged or wear out). 

The Do's of Veneers

  • Brush and Floss Regularly

Good oral hygiene is important to keep your natural teeth healthy, and it's equally important to maintain your veneers. But, why do you need to brush veneers since they are made of a non-organic material that doesn't decay? The veneers themselves may not decay, but the teeth underneath can still be affected by the bacteria in your mouth. 

Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the veneer's surface.

  • Schedule Regular Dental Check-ups

Regular dental check-ups are essential to maintain the health of your teeth and veneers. Your Solana Beach dentist can check for any signs of decay or damage and ensure that your veneers are still in good condition. They may also recommend a professional cleaning to remove any stains or buildup around the veneers.

  • Wear a Mouthguard During Sports

Make sure to wear a mouthguard, especially if you play contact sports. This way you can prevent chips, cracks, or fractures in the veneers.

  • Choose the Right Foods

While veneers are durable, they can still be damaged by hard or sticky foods. Avoid biting down on hard objects such as popcorn kernels, and try to limit your intake of sticky or chewy foods such as caramel or taffy. It's also a good idea to limit the consumption of staining foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tomato sauce. 

The Don'ts of Veneers

  • Don't Use Your Teeth as Tools

Avoid using your teeth to open packages or bottles as this can cause damage to your veneers. 

  • Don't Grind Your Teeth

Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause damage to your veneers and wear them out faster than usual.  

If you know you grind your teeth (bruxism,) talk to your dentist about getting a custom night guard. This can help protect your teeth and veneers from damage.

  • Don't Smoke 

Smoking will not only stain your veneers, but it can also increase your risk of gum disease and other oral health problems. 

Want to Learn More About Veneers? Let's Talk! 

Are you unhappy with your smile and think veneers might be what you need? Dr. Alex Erwin will help you find the right solution for your needs. 

Get in touch now to schedule your appointment. Call (858) 755-1189

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