March 07 2023 by Mills Haven Dental
Porcelain veneers are a fast, effective way to achieve a beautiful smile. However, it is important to maintain your porcelain veneers with proper care and cleaning techniques in order to ensure that they remain in top condition for years to come.
Here are some tips on how you can keep your porcelain veneers looking their best!
The first step in keeping your porcelain veneers looking their best is to practice proper cleaning techniques. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once daily, and using mouthwash. Be sure to use soft bristles when brushing your teeth and avoid overly abrasive toothpastes or whitening products as these can damage the porcelain surface of the veneers. Additionally, consider investing in an electric toothbrush as these will provide better coverage than manual brushes and help keep your teeth clean between visits.
You should also be aware of any habits that could stain or discolor your porcelain veneers over time. The most common culprits are drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking cigarettes or cigars. If you do not want to give up these habits entirely, at least be sure to brush your teeth shortly after consumption so that the stains have less time to set in.
Other lifestyle changes such as giving up chewing tobacco or using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help protect the color of your porcelain veneers from staining over time.
Finally, it is important to schedule regular dental visits with an experienced professional who can check for signs of wear and tear on the veneer surface and make any necessary repairs quickly and efficiently. By visiting your dentist regularly (every 6 months is recommended), you can ensure that any problems with the porcelain veneer surface are addressed promptly before they become worse or lead to other complications such as tooth decay or gum disease.
You should also take steps to protect your teeth from injury. This means wearing a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in other activities where there is a risk of getting hit in the mouth. You should also avoid using your teeth as tools, such as opening bottles or tearing open packages.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to achieve a beautiful smile, but they require special care and maintenance if you want them to last for years to come. Make sure you practice the following good habits: