WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR VENEERS?
Brush & Floss
It’s easy to overlook, but just because you have veneers, doesn’t mean you have to work less hard to maintain your oral hygiene. It’s important to keep carefully brushing and flossing your teeth now that you have veneers. Other than giving all your teeth the maintenance they need, regular brushing and flossing cleans the parts of your veneers that could still receive damage, be it plaque or staining.
While veneers make your teeth better than ever, they still need to get regular care. Parts of your veneers that still have original tooth on them still need to be well maintained. This also goes for all the surrounding gum areas that are still attached to original tooth structure. Just make sure to use soft brushes and floss with care.
Don’t Chew Too Hard
Just because you have brand new veneers doesn’t mean you should test their strength. They’re susceptible to damage, like natural teeth, so it’s important that you don’t chew on anything too hard. Certain foods can definitely cause enough strain to damage your veneers, such as carrots and hard candy. Essentially, anything that requires too much chewing can take its toll on your veneers. In these cases, it’s advised that you use your back molars for chewing.
It’s also important to remember that eating isn’t the only way to damage your veneers. If you find yourself chewing on inedible things, like pen caps, then you need to stop. Aside from being bad habits, they can damage your veneers without you even realizing it.
Protect Your Teeth
If you happen to enjoy sports and other outdoor activities, you’re going to want to consider getting a mouth guard, since your teeth are in danger if not protected. This is especially true for high contact sports like football and hockey, where a mouth guard would be recommended to all players.
However, you don’t have to be playing a sport for you to need a mouth guard. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can damage veneers the same way they can damage natural teeth. Whether you clench during sleep or can’t help but grind during the day, a mouth guard can go a long way in helping you protect your veneers, as well as the rest of your teeth.
Avoid Staining Substances
It might be a bit surprising to learn that, like your natural teeth, veneers can be subject to stains. The main culprits are the usual coffee, tobacco, tea, soda, and wine, along with berries. Consume too much of these, and you’ll likely find your beautiful white veneers looking a lot less beautifully white.
However, the staining doesn’t just affect the veneers, but the rest of your natural teeth. Even if your veneers were as white as can be, the rest of your teeth are open to the damage of coffee and alcohol. So if you still want to drink your morning coffee, just make sure to take it easy.
Go To The Dentist
It’s probably no surprise that, even with veneers, you need to keep seeing your dentist. They will be able to clean and check your veneers more thoroughly than you can at home. Your dentist will also be able to make sure all is going well with your veneers, such as checking for any possible infections and disease.
If you’re interested in the best quality veneers, then come to Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale. Our South Florida location features a relaxing atmosphere, soothing sounds, and a professional and caring staff. Call us at 954-914-7407 to schedule your free consultation today.