Porcelain are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. Veneers can create beautiful smiles, however, they’re still prone to damage when frequently exposed to bad habits and poor oral care and can break and fail over time when not properly cared for.
Maintaining porcelain veneers isn’t much different from caring for natural teeth. A few simple precautions are all it should take to ensure that all goes well.
Healthy Gums and Teeth
Keeping your teeth and gums clean is very important if you want your veneers to be truly long lasting. Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dental professional. Don’t be afraid of damaging your laminates by either flossing or brushing
Chewing & hard candies
Any extreme force can potentially cause the porcelain veneers to crack or separate from the teeth. Be especially careful with such foods as nuts and carrots, and never chew on bones, hard candies, or similar items. We recommend against chewing gum of any kind.
Tooth Grinding / Bruxism
Grinding the teeth puts a much higher amount of stress on the teeth than normal functional situations. If bruxism is a problem, we can fit you with a bite guard that you’ll wear at night to take the pressure off your teeth and veneers.
Don’t Skip Any Appointments
Generally one week after the placement of your Veneers you will be asked to return to the dental office for a treatment evaluation. This visit gives your dentist the opportunity to evaluate the placement of the laminates, the gum tissue response and to answer any questions you might have regarding your new smile. Regular maintenance and dental check-ups are recommended so that your veneers and oral health can be reviewed periodically.
Anyone wearing porcelain veneers must thereafter return for exams and cleanings on a regular basis. This will allow us to discover any sign of potential failure before the situation gets out of hand. It is usually possible to remove stains or reattach a veneer that’s come loose, but if one should break or your gums recede, replacement may be your only option.
If you have any questions, call us at our Denver office 303-789-2020