Your teeth have always made you to self-conscious to smile. Now that you have your new porcelain veneers you're proud to show off your pearly whites. While your veneers will look and act just like real teeth, they will need some special treatment. Here are four steps you'll need to take now that you have veneers.
Go Easy on the Biting
It's important to remember that your new veneers are made from porcelain. They're hardened and polished to perform like your natural teeth, but they can still break. One rule is avoid doing anything with your veneers that you wouldn't do with your natural teeth, such as bite down on ice or try to open shells. However, it's also important to avoid chewing on things like pencils, pens or anything else that might put too much pressure on your veneers.
Get a Bite Guard
If you grind your teeth or clench your jar while you're sleeping, you might want to discuss a bite guard with your cosmetic dentist. Putting too much pressure on your veneers can cause them to develop small cracks. Those cracks can continue to spread until your veneers shatter. A bit guard will alleviate some of the pressure placed on your veneers and prevent damage.
Limit Things That Cause Stains
You want your veneers to continue looking white. Unfortunately, the same things that can stain your natural teeth can also stain your veneers. This is particularly important to note if you had veneers installed to cover severe dental stains. Some of the things that can cause your veneers to become stained include:
Don't Forget to Brush and Floss
You can't get cavities on your veneers. However, you can still develop gum disease and the teeth under the veneers are still susceptible to cavities and decay. To protect your teeth and gums, it's important that you remember to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. You should also use a mouth rinse to remove debris that may be stuck below the gum line. Brushing and flossing will also remove debris that can get stuck to the surface of your veneers.
Now that you have new porcelain veneers on your teeth, it's important that you take care of them. Follow the suggestions provided above to keep your veneers looking brand new. You should also continue to see a dentist (such as Daniel M. Bade, DDS) at least twice a year.
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