Dental veneers make all the difference in the way your teeth look. They can correct a number of problems at the same time. With the right amount of care and maintenance, those veneers could last for as much as two decades. Here are a few simple tips that will allow you to keep them looking their best.
Watch What You Eat
Most dentists will remind patients that veneers can eventually stain. The culprits are the same ones that can stain any of your other teeth. It’s not that you have to avoid consuming those foods or beverages; it’s just that you should always brush and possibly floss after consuming them.
Select a brush with bristles that are firm or soft, depending on your dentist’s recommendations. Brush after you have you morning coffee or consume berries, beets, and other foods known to stain the teeth. If you use any tobacco products, break the habit. Enjoy your glass of red wine, but remember that you should brush afterward to prevent staining.
Remember that being more diligent with your oral hygiene not only keeps the veneers looking great. The effort will also protect the rest of your teeth from decay and other problems.
Cleanings Are Still Important
Professional dental cleanings are still necessary even if every tooth in your mouth is covered with a veneer. Go in at least once a year for a thorough cleaning. Some dental clinics refer to this as polishing rather than cleaning. Whatever terminology is used, this treatment gets rid of residue that is left even after your brush and floss. That helps to keep the veneers from taking on a yellow hue as the years pass.
Break Bad Chewing Habits
What do you chew other than food? Are you in the habit of chewing on a pencil or pen while you think? Maybe you like to chew on ice at the end of a meal. Perhaps you have the habit of biting on your nails. You’ve probably heard all these activities are bad for the teeth. What you may not realize is that they can also damage your veneers. The best move is to break all these bad chewing habits. Doing so reduces the odds for all sorts of dental issues and also ensures your veneers look nicer for a longer time.
Stop the Grinding
Grinding is typically associated with stress. Many people grind their teeth at night even if they never do it during the day. Just as the activity can chip your teeth, it can also wear down the veneers. If that happens, the only thing you can do is go back to the dentist, have the old veneers removed, and start with a fresh set.
While you work through whatever tension is causing the grinding, consider talking to your dentist about a mouth guard. These can be worn safely at night and prevent your upper and lower teeth from rubbing together.
A cosmetic dentistry professional can provide more tips on how to keep your veneers in top shape. Develop the good habits needed to protect them and they will serve you well. Along the way, many of those habits will also protect any teeth that are not covered with veneers.