If you want to make minor adjustments to create a more perfect smile, then porcelain veneers could be the most effective solution. Although these thin shells are durable, they are not as strong as natural teeth and require specialized care as a result. Here, Manhattan Dental: Donald Burger, DDS, FAGD, the Upper West Side’s choice for dental care, offers a few essential tips to make caring for your veneers easier.
How to Care for Porcelain Veneers
1. Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Porcelain veneers may not be susceptible to decay as natural teeth are, but they can still accumulate oral bacteria and plaque buildup. To keep your teeth and gums safe, visit your family dentist every six months for cleanings and brush and floss at least twice a day. If you used an abrasive toothbrush before getting veneers, ask the dentist whether you should switch to a softer one.
2. Prevent Stains
When the veneers are first applied, they will match the color of the surrounding teeth. Over time, however, the porcelain may become discolored after being exposed to dark-colored foods and beverages like red wine, soda, coffee, and some fruits; even cigarette use can lead to staining. Use a straw when possible to prevent dark beverages from leaving behind dark marks, or rinse with water to wash away any lingering pigments. Porcelain will not respond to professional teeth whitening treatments, but your dentist can polish them to remove stains.
3. Avoid Chips & Cracks
Veneers are strong and can withstand normal chewing activity, but the porcelain may crack or chip under some circumstances. Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice, candy, pen caps, or fingernails. If you’re an athlete, then wear a mouth guard to ensure blows to the head won’t affect your teeth. Similarly, you should invest in a night guard if you grind your teeth while sleeping.
Whether you’re ready to get your first set of veneers or find a dentist to help you maintain an existing set, Manhattan Dental: Donald Burger, DDS, FAGD offers personalized care to ensure you feel confident every step of the way. Visit the practice online to learn more about their cosmetic dentistry treatments, and call (212) 873-5400 to schedule a consultation.