Maintaining your porcelain veneers
We will provide ongoing treatment that will cater to your exact needs when it comes to your personal oral care.
When it comes to maintaining your veneers we suggest a heightened awareness of oral care. If you need motivation, imagine your mother constantly in your ear; “Brush, floss and rinse. Don’t give me that look, just do it, you’ll thank me one day.” Perhaps with a little less shrill in the tone but you get the idea. The point is, with a well-regimented routine you should have no issues in maintaining your porcelain veneers.
What’s your routine look like now?
To keep your stylish new accessories in pristine condition we have a few suggestions.
Brushing your teeth twice a day, morning and night. Common sense but still important. Don’t go overboard either thinking you need to brush on the hour every hour. Aggressive or extremely frequent brushing could also cause unnecessary damage to the casing.
A soft tooth brush is more than adequate to get the job done; the more abrasive a brush is the more damage you’re likely to do to the porcelain. You’d hate to ruin that gorgeous gloss before it’s time. The veneers are attached to the teeth by a bonding resin; this can be weakened if the natural teeth start to decay; which makes flossing essential. It will make sure that plaque is removed from those hard to reach places and keep your teeth healthier in general.
So in short, brush two times a day, don’t feel you need to keep a toothbrush on hand with you when you’re out and floss after every meal. Along with this remember to embrace a healthy diet and limit snacking on junk food and sugary drinks, both will shorten the lifespan of your veneers.
What precautions should you take?
Some may sound a tad silly but just in case we’ll highlight the obvious as well.
- Avoid opening things with your teeth, beer bottles included (You have to find a new party trick).
- Continue to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- If you’re a teeth grinder, organise to have a guard fitted.
- Avoid activities and sports that may result in a hit to the face such as football or any martial art form. (If you can’t, at least get a proper fitted mouth guard)
- Cut up hard foods. Cut meat off the bones; be mindful in general with food.
- Stop/avoid biting your fingernails
Go directly to the source, there’s only so much information that can be provided to you online. Your oral health practitioner will be able to provide you with personalised advice that is directly aimed at your needs. We’d recommend several checkups a year to look at the veneers and see how your mouth is adjusting to them, in some rare cases there can be swelling of the gums or slight bleeding, if this is ever the case see your oral health care practitioner immediately.
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