When it comes to improving aesthetic concerns such as chipped, discolored, or gapped teeth, porcelain veneers are an excellent choice. On top of looking beautiful, these restorations are long-lasting. That’s because they’re made of a durable ceramic material and permanently bonded in place.
Fortunately, veneers don’t require more maintenance than natural teeth. You can help ensure they last for many years to come by following a few simple steps. Keep reading for veneer care tips from our Oakton cosmetic dentist.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is one of the best things you can do to extend the life of your cosmetic dental work. After getting veneers, continue to brush and floss as you normally would. Dr. Michael Chung may give you additional recommendations, such as avoiding abrasive toothpaste.
A great oral hygiene routine supports the long-term success of your veneers in several ways. While veneers aren’t susceptible to decay, the underlying teeth are. Poor dental habits increase the risk that your natural teeth will develop a cavity or accumulate tartar. These dental issues can put the integrity of your veneers at risk.
Beyond keeping your teeth clean and healthy, proper oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease. Gum disease is particularly problematic because it can cause your gums to recede. As a result, the top edge of your veneer may become exposed, which is less aesthetic and increases the risk of damage.
Additionally, make sure to visit our office regularly for a deep cleaning and an examination. These appointments will allow Dr. Chung to monitor the integrity and appearance of your veneers.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
With veneers, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages. Veneers are strong enough to withstand normal chewing forces. Additionally, they resist discoloration caused by wine, coffee, and other staining agents. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when eating and drinking with veneers in place.
Although veneers are very durable, it’s possible to chip them on hard foods. Your natural teeth below the veneers are vulnerable to the same damage. Popcorn kernels, bones in meat, hard candy, and ice are a few of the top offenders. Using your teeth to open a package or chew on a tough, inedible object can also cause problems.
It's also worth noting that while veneers resist staining, the same isn’t true of your natural teeth. Consider limiting your consumption of staining foods and drinks to maintain an even, vibrant smile.
Tell Our Dentist If You Grind Your Teeth
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common issue. Many people suffer from this habit, often clenching unconsciously or while asleep. When you grind your teeth, you are subjecting them to continuous stress that can cause them to chip, crack, or wear down.
For bruxism-sufferers with veneers, this repetitive behavior can damage the restorations. Dr. Chung will discuss this consideration during your consultation. Overcoming this issue may involve wearing a nightguard to protect your veneers while they sleep.
Schedule an Oakton Porcelain Veneers Appointment
Get answers to your porcelain veneer questions during an in-person consultation with Dr. Chung. Call 703-319-6990 today to schedule. Softouch Dental Care proudly welcomes patients from Oakton, Vienna, McLean, and nearby areas of Northern Virginia.