Porcelain veneers have led some of the biggest trends in the cosmetic dental practice. All over the world, these thin restorative laminates have reshaped and repaired all types of teeth deformations, such as chipping, cracks and misalignment. After placement, caring for them, therefore, is not to be overlooked. To make your veneers last as long as possible, exercise caution and follow these simple rules:
Blush and floss regularly
We often advise our patients to treat their veneers just as they would their original teeth, and that includes diligent and thorough brushing and flossing. This is to keep the porcelain as plaque-free as possible.
Tooth decay will not form on the veneer’s surface, but it can develop on the natural part of the tooth, including the structure surrounding the edges of the veneer. If plaque accumulates on the tooth’s surface, gums surrounding it may recede. As a consequence, a change in the cosmetic appearance can be the reason for a replacement.
Avoid putting pressure on the veneer
While they offer incredible durability, extreme biting pressures can be harmful to your veneers. Habits, such as nail biting or holding objects between the teeth can put direct pressure on the veneer, putting it at risk of breaking and coming off. Moreover, avoid using the teeth to rip open packets and food bags, as this can also result in breaking.
If you have a condition called Bruxism, more known as involuntary teeth grinding, it is advisable to wear a night time oral appliance or a mouth guard.
Minimise vices to prevent discolouration
Veneers restore and improve the sight of your teeth, but their placement requires some amount of sacrifice to maintain its optimal appearance. Drinking and smoking have to be reduced, and better yet, eliminated. Although veneer surface offers high resistance to staining, regular or excessive exposure to tea, wine, coffee and tobacco products is damaging to both natural teeth and veneers.
With enough discipline and vigilance in your lifestyle and diet, coupled with regular visits to the dentist, your porcelain veneers are bound to last.
For more inquiries about porcelain veneer placement, care and process, contact Harley Street Dental Clinic today.