Usually, the veneers are placed on the front teeth. These super thin porcelain shells are stain-resistant and can be used to whiten the teeth, close dental gaps, and greatly improve the appearance of a misaligned, discolored, or faded smile. However, you still need to make sure you follow certain dental practices to keep new restorations aesthetically pleasing and damage-free.
Rules to Follow for Damage-free Veneers
When you have veneers, you will feel like smiling a lot, as these dental restorations give you a star-quality smile. However, veneers are not impervious to any dental neglect or abuse. For example, if you want to ensure your veneers longevity, don't use your new restorations to remove bottle caps, nor bite down too hard of foods. One of our patients damaged her veneers when she bit down too hard on ice. Not only did she feel a good deal of sensitivity, she had to have the restoration replaced.
Caring for Your Veneers
You should brush and floss as usual after getting veneers as well. Keep them looking their best by using a soft toothbrush and flossing at least once a day. Although your veneers can resist stains, you should still refrain from drinking too many colas or coffees. If you do drink the beverages, rinse your mouth afterwards and give them a quick brush if you can. However, rinse with water first and wait about 45 minutes before you brush. Coffee and cola are acidic, and brushing too soon after drinking the beverages can affect your restorations and enamel.
We want you to enjoy your veneers for a long time. Therefore, it is important you play it safe when eating or drinking certain foods and beverages. To keep your veneers and natural teeth looking their best, visit our office at least twice a year. Nothing provides a better example of what we can do than when we can improve your smile with a restoration like a veneer.