You finally made the decision to improve your smile with porcelain veneers. You love your new look, but you might not be aware that you need to put in some work to maintain it. By following these helpful tips, you can enjoy your beautiful new set of teeth for many years into the future.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Just because you have veneers doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush or floss. You still need to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day, but ideally after every meal. You should also floss at least once a day and rinse your mouth periodically with water or antiseptic mouthwash. This will help to keep the bacteria levels in your mouth under control.
Avoid Staining Agents
Although veneers tend to be stain resistant, just like the natural teeth, they may become discolored with time. For this reason, you should limit your consumption of stain-causing drinks and foods. This includes soda, coffee, berries, red wine, and many others. If you smoke, you also need to consider the effects on your teeth, as smoking is one of the major causes of stains. Quitting will improve your oral and overall health.
Treat Your Bruxism
If you tend to clench and grind your teeth, it is important to discuss this with your dentist. Bruxism places stress onto the teeth and can damage the veneers. Your dentist may recommend a bite guard, especially one to wear overnight. These devices minimize stress placed onto the teeth and can help your veneers to last well into the future.
Do you want a beautiful new smile? If you are in need of a smile makeover, call us today. We use porcelain veneers to minimize stains, close gaps, and repair chipped or cracked teeth. You’ll leave with a smile that you can’t wait to show off.