Porcelain is extremely durable as a rule, but not indestructible. Your new porcelain veneers require proper care, just like your natural teeth. If you’re careful and pay proper attention to your new teeth, they can last long beyond their expected expiration date of 10-15 years. In fact, those with good dental hygiene have reported that their 30 or 40-year-old veneers still look as great as the day they received them. If you want to maintain your new porcelain veneers, here’s what you need to do:
Your smile is next to perfect now, but the work doesn’t end there. Your teeth beneath the veneers are still subject to rot and decay if not properly maintained. While the bonding process to your natural teeth is flawless, from time to time small particles of food can find its way between the height of your teeth and your gums. Regular annual visits can spot any potential issues with unwarranted gum recession, and these problems can be completely avoided.
A toothbrush and toothpaste aren’t “things you have to buy,” they’re investments. Non-abrasive toothpaste, accompanied by a soft-bristled toothbrush, can gently remove food particles and plaque without causing gum irritation or damage to the surface of your veneers. Abrasive bristles, over time, can wear down the edges of your veneers, giving you the appearance of having an orthodontic issue.
Stay Away From These Foods and Drinks
Some of your favorite foods and drinks can stain your teeth. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant than natural teeth, but they’re still subject to encountering these issues. To better preserve the sheen of your smile, you should restrict these foods from your diet.
• Highly-Acidic Fruits
Everything is acceptable in moderation. With coffee, if you drink it through a straw and ensure the straw is towards the back of your mouth, you can avoid incurring stains. Wine is a tricky one to get around, but fruits can be cut into small wedges, and placed behind your teeth. Sucking the juice from the fruits and mashing it against the roof of your mouth can limit tooth contact. You can still enjoy what you love, just keep it limited.
Uneven Wear and Tear
When you have an uneven bite on one side of your mouth, every time you chew a piece of food, one side of your teeth are minorly colliding, without the adjacent side touching at all. This condition puts all the strain on one area of your teeth and wears them down to not only make your new smile uneven but wear down particular teeth and make them shorter. When it’s the case of your veneers, it’s especially dangerous. When one of your veneers are worn-down enough, small pockets between your natural teeth and the base of your veneers can form, allowing food to get stuck and cause cavities to your underlying teeth. This consequence is an issue that your dentist will already be aware of while implanting your veneers, and will address it then. It’s just another reason to make sure you get that annual check-up.
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