Porcelain veneers can last up to a decade, but you need to take excellent care of them to keep them longer. Caring for your veneers will require a combination of maintenance techniques, good everyday habits, and a healthy lifestyle. If you want to maximize the lifespan of your investment, there are things you need to commit to.
Veneers are almost like your natural enamel so you can carry out your usual dental hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. Non-abrasive tooth paste, soft-bristled toothbrush, and FDA-approved dental floss are highly recommended. Some hygienists do not have special training for cleaning your veneers. You should visit our dentist so we can give you the cleaning and examination that suits your condition.
Veneers cannot withstand strong impact. Although they are just like your natural enamel, they fracture easily. Do not use your veneers to hold or bite into hard food and objects. There is a high risk of damage even if there is no high impact involved. If you play sports regularly, ask our dentist for a mouth guard. The same goes if you are diagnosed with bruxism. If you do not have the disorder but grind your teeth frequently, you need to learn how to control yourself.
Having a healthy lifestyle is not just to help you enjoy your veneers longer but also help you maintain your overall health. Smoking and drinking alcohol not only speeds up the deterioration process of your veneers, but also damages your lungs and liver. Artificially colored foods stain your teeth and may cause upset stomach and allergic reactions. Sugary treats also increases the risk of dental problems and health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
Caring for you porcelain veneers is easy if you exercise control and commit to your oral health. If you got your veneers from us or need maintenance services from an excellent dentist in Edmond, get in touch with us or drop by our clinic during business hours. Our dental experts are more than happy to address your needs.