Dental veneers are an incredibly versatile approach to cosmetic dentistry. These thin layers of translucent porcelain disguise natural flaws in enamel, chips and cracks, discoloration, wear, and irregularities in size, shape, and alignment. The dentists at West Chester Dental Group love seeing the reaction of a Cincinnati patient who has just received a new smile with porcelain veneers – usually in just two appointments.
Because patients are so thrilled with their gorgeous new smiles, the West Chester Dental Group team offers tips for care of dental veneers. Just a few simple steps add to longevity and keep veneers looking great.
Good home hygiene
Veneers are quite durable, but remember that your natural teeth are underneath. You can still get cavities and gum disease, so it is important to maintain good oral care at home. No special technique is required for veneered teeth. Just brush thoroughly after eating. Use a soft brush and non-abrasive toothpaste, applying an up and down or circular motion. Floss at bedtime, preferably before brushing, to clean between teeth. Avoid gum recession by keeping the edges of veneers free of plaque.
Stay away from stains
Porcelain has a glass-like texture that naturally wards off discoloration. However, dark beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and red wine, and use of tobacco products can stain the cement that holds your veneers in place. Keep your smile sparkling by passing up those choices, or using in moderation and brushing immediately afterward.
Not your body – your veneers! They are tough, but they don’t bend, so avoid situations that apply twisting force, such as using your teeth to tear a snack food bag open or pulling off a piece of chewy taffy. Generally, it’s fine to bite directly into foods with normal texture.
Extreme bite force can wear, crack, or dislodge a veneer. Don’t chew fingernails with veneered teeth, or bite on ice, very hard foods, or other rigid objects. Wear a sports guard (a soft mouth protector) if you participate in contact sports. If you grind your teeth or clench at night, your dentist may recommend wearing a night guard to protect your veneers or suggest an alternative cosmetic treatment.
Regular dental visits
Keep regular appointments at West Chester Dental Group, twice a year, or more frequently if recommended by your dentist. These visits give us a chance to deep clean and examine areas you cannot see or reach with home care. It’s also a great opportunity for us to check the condition of your veneers.
Are you ready for the smile of your dreams? Call West Chester Dental Group today at 513-942-8181 for a consultation. Dental veneers are changing smiles all over the Cincinnati area.