Keep Your Smile Radiant By Learning How To Care For Porcelain Veneers

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Learn the proper way to care for your new set of porcelain veneers with the following tips. As a result, you will continue to have an attractive smile and the veneers will last for several years. 

Avoid Food Items And Beverages That Stain

Although veneers do not stain as often as natural teeth, it is still a wise idea to refrain from eating or drinking beverages that commonly cause stains. Tea, soda, soy sauce, beets, and chocolate are some common items that cause staining. The adhesive that is used to hold veneers in place can also become discolored when exposed to these food items and beverages. As a result, discoloration will be apparent and the adhesive may contrast with the appearance of the veneers.

The only effective way to remove stains like this is to have a professional assist you. To minimize the risk of stains forming, brush and floss your teeth after each meal or beverage that you consume.

Reduce Damage From Grinding Or Clenching Your Teeth

If you often grind or clench your teeth out of habit or when you are sleeping, serious damage can occur to the veneers. Not only may portions of the veneers break off, but unsightly marks may form on their surface. Inserting a mouth guard will prevent damage from occurring and one can be worn comfortably throughout the day or while you are asleep. Consult with your dentist to learn more about mouth guards and to receive assistance with having one custom fitted.

Use A Soft Brush And Non Abrasive Paste

Porcelain veneers have a shiny coating on their surface that can be damaged from stiff bristled toothbrushes, toothpaste that has abrasive qualities, or improper brushing techniques. Select a toothbrush that has flexible bristles and a type a toothpaste that is designed to be effective, yet gentle. Use consistent pressure when brushing your teeth, but do not press down hard or scrape the surface of the teeth when brushing. When the bristles on the toothbrush begin to bend out of shape, replace the brush with a new one. 

All of these tips will help lengthen the life of your porcelain veneers and provide you with a smile that you can feel confident and proud of. If you ever encounter any problems with your veneers, make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist as soon as you can to restore the veneers to their original condition. 

For professional dental care, contact a dental office such as Preferred Family Dental.


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