Friday, March 13, 2015

Veneer Care 101

Your veneers may be doing a great job in concealing some teeth imperfections, but you might ask, how long will they last? Well, that largely depends on the degree of care you give them. Below are some tips for longer lasting porcelain veneers. 

No to heavy biting pressure.

Veneers aren’t designed to be as sturdy as natural teeth. They are, after all, considered dental cosmetics. Refrain from tearing away stiff meats, grinding your teeth, or crunching hard food like ice, as these can cause your veneers to chip or fall off.  

Brush mildly.

Veneers may not stain as much as natural teeth but this is no excuse to not brush regularly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid abrasions, and to help retain their smoothness. 

Don’t skip the floss.

Flossing is important to keep the gums clean, as it helps to remove food bits from hard to reach areas. Floss at least once a day but do it gently to avoid gum irritation and damage to the veneers.

Take care of your gums.

When your gums recede due to certain oral diseases, your veneers will lose its natural look. Eat healthy foods, observe proper oral hygiene, and see the dentist at the earliest signs of gum disease, such as sensitivity and bleeding.

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