If you recently had new dental veneers applied, you should be proud of your new smile with those perfectly sculpted and shiny teeth. Of course, to ensure that they continue to look dazzling and radiant for the long haul, there are a few things to take note of.
Dental veneers are stain resistant and durable. However, just like with your own natural teeth, you would need to look after them by maintaining an active oral hygiene regime. You can’t afford to neglect your dental cleaning routines like brushing and flossing as well as a minimum of twice yearly regular checks for professional cleans.
Why should I look after them?
Dental veneers are ultra thin porcelain coatings that bond to teeth. They can camouflage a flawed appearance caused by chipped or broken teeth, gaps in your teeth, or misalignment. When creating veneers, dentists blend the color of the veneer to match the natural color of your teeth.
The thin shells are held in place with a special bonding agent. For about a week or so after the procedure, it is important that you allow some time for the bonding effect to set in.
During this period, you would do well to avoid chewing on hard foods or consuming beverages that are too hot or cold.
About a week after attaching the veneers, you’ll need to see your dentist to make sure that your mouth has adjusted to the new tooth coatings. From time to time, your dentist may also polish your veneers to keep their appearance looking new.
You can and should continue to brush and floss as per your natural teeth. That’s because the same dental problems that plague your natural teeth also affects your veneered teeth. Just because you had veneers done, your teeth are not immune from common dental issues like build-up of plaque and tartar, tooth decays and gum diseases.
In fact, you need to make it a point to visit your dentist every six months just to make sure that your veneers remain intact – that they are not loosened or twisted in any way,
Dental veneer care
Dental veneer care is not complicated at all. It’s as simple as following the steps that help to maintain the health of your natural teeth.
In addition, here are some common sense tips that would serve as a guide:
- Brush your teeth two times a day and at least floss once a day.
- Regular twice-yearly dental visits are a must when you have veneers
- If you eat sweet or acidic foods, brush immediately after eating
- Use gentle whitening toothpaste with a special formulation that removes stains without any abrasive action
- To avoid damaging the veneers, refrain from eating extremely hard foods or using your teeth in a rough manner – such as chewing ice or opening bottle caps with your teeth
- Avoid stain-causing substances, foods and beverages to maintain the pristine look of your veneered teeth
- If you grind your teeth while you sleep, your dentist may recommend that you wear a bite guard before going to bed
Simply by exercising these common sense tips, your veneers can last anywhere between 5 to 10 years.