Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers

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image of a girl in white top smiling with her hands in her face.Are you considering getting veneers? There are a lot of benefits to these amazing little pieces of porcelain, but they do need just a special bit of care. Read on for some tips for taking care of your porcelain veneers!

What Are Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that fit over teeth. They can fix minor gaps in between teeth and teeth that are a little crooked. They can also cover up imperfections such as cracks, chips, and stains that won’t go away even with a whitening treatment.

Porcelain is a great material to use for veneers because it is long-lasting and durable, and it also looks a lot like natural teeth. It is strong enough to help stabilize a tooth that has damage, it is stain resistant, and porcelain veneers can be tailored to fit your teeth.

How Do You Take Care of Veneers?

Another benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are very easy to take care of. You simply brush and floss as you usually do and make sure to eat a healthy diet. But there are a few things you should know:

  • Avoid chewing on hard objects. Chewing on hard objects like hard candy and ice or eating food that is sticky can damage veneers. You should also avoid chewing on nonfood hard objects, such as pens and pencils.
  • Bruxism can damage veneers. Bruxism (tooth grinding) can hurt your teeth and your veneers. Your dentist might recommend a nightguard to prevent tooth grinding and to protect your teeth and your veneers.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that might stain veneers. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but only up to a point. Limit foods and beverages that stain teeth, like tea, coffee, red wine, blueberries, and tomato sauce. To keep your veneers (and teeth that aren’t covered by veneers) looking their best, don’t smoke or chew tobacco.

There are so many benefits to porcelain veneers, one of which is that they don’t require a lot of special care! If you are considering porcelain veneers, contact Softouch Dental Care, serving Oakton, Vienna, and Fairfax, Virginia, for a consultation. Call 703-319-6990 for an appointment today!