The decision to get dental veneers is a big one, and you'll want to protect your investment. To do that, you'll have to care for your veneers properly. By following a few simple steps, you can protect the life and appearance of your veneers.
Make Dental Hygiene a Priority
Just because you have veneers doesn't mean you no longer need to care for your teeth. You need to brush and floss just like you would have before you got veneers. Poor oral hygiene can result in gum disease, which can cause gum recession. In these situations, the borders of the veneers may be exposed, putting them at risk of detaching or chipping.
Don't Chew on Non-Food Items
Biting your nails or chewing on pens is a bad idea if you have dental veneers. These activities can damage your veneers and other cosmetic dental work. Make an effort to refrain from chewing on inedible items.
If you clench and grind your teeth, you're going to want to treat this problem. You may need to wear a mouth guard to bed to protect your veneers.
Choose Your Toothpaste Wisely
Take some time to really read the ingredients included in your toothpaste. Some contain active ingredients that are too abrasive for your veneers. You may want to avoid substances like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or hydrogen peroxide. In general, gel products may be a better selection, as they typically don't contain these ingredients.
Protect Against Stains
While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, the natural tooth structure doesn't have the same quality. To keep your smile looking white and bright, avoid staining substances like coffee, soda, tea, red wine, beets, berries, and cigarettes.
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