Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence. Since they can be expensive, you’ll want to make sure you protect your investment in cosmetic dentistry after you get your veneers from Dr. Joseph Smillie of Smillie Dental.
To help you take care of your new, improved smile, here are some of our top tips that will keep your veneers looking great for years to come!
1. Brush And Floss Regularly (And Don’t Miss Your Teeth Cleanings!)
Tooth decay and periodontal disease can both damage the teeth underneath your veneers, and the teeth surrounding them. To avoid oral health issues, brush 2-3 times per day for at least 2 minutes, and make sure that you floss at least once a day.
You may also want to invest in an electric toothbrush and a water flosser. These advanced oral hygiene tools make it easier to care for your new veneers.
2. Avoid Chewing Hard Foods With Your Front Teeth
Very hard foods like apples, almonds, raw carrots, and cuts of meat that contain bone can damage your veneers and chip them. As a rule, you should try to limit your consumption of these foods, and chew them with your rear molars whenever possible to avoid breakage and chipping.
3. Don’t Chew On Non-Food Objects
Do you chew pens, your fingernails, or ice? This is the perfect time to break your habit. Porcelain veneers are extremely durable, but still do not hold up well to the regular chewing of hard, non-food items.
If you continue to chew on these objects, chances are you’ll end up cracking or chipping a veneer, which can be expensive to fix.
4. Avoid Abrasive Toothpaste
Some toothpaste contains abrasives that are meant for polishing your teeth, but these abrasive compounds can have a damaging effect on your veneers. Choose a whitening toothpaste that’s low on abrasives, or ask Dr. Joseph Smillie for a recommendation if you don’t want to pick your own toothpaste!
5. Address Teeth Grinding And Consider A Night Guard
Teeth grinding (bruxism) occurs in about 8% of adults while they sleep. The prolonged stress and pressure placed on your teeth when you grind your teeth can damage your new porcelain veneers.
If you suffer from bruxism, Dr. Smillie can help by providing you with a custom night guard. Night guards prevent your teeth from contacting each other directly, reducing the stress and strain placed on your enamel and veneers, and preventing cracking and breakage.
Follow These Tips – And Keep Your Veneers Bright And Beautiful!
Veneers require proper care in order to keep them looking their best, so follow these tips from Smillie Dental to preserve your smile.
Need help taking care of your veneers, or interested in getting veneers of your own? Contact Smillie Dental right away! We’re always excited to meet new patients and give them the smile of their dreams!
You can schedule an initial consultation at (386) 317-4754, or stop by our office at 5537 South Williamson Blvd, #675, Port Orange, Florida 32128 for an in-person consultation if you’re in the area!