If you have recently received new dental veneers, you may be relieved to learn that the same steps you take to care for your natural teeth will also help protect your veneers. The following are the steps you should take.
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Maintain Your Teeth
The health of your veneers is only as good as the health of your natural teeth and gums. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and rinse with mouthwash at least once a day, just as you would with natural teeth. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will help your veneers last longer (and your smile).
To protect your veneers, switch to non-abrasive toothpaste if you’re currently using abrasive toothpaste.
Take your time While chewing
You shouldn’t have to worry about chewing on normal foods because your veneers are designed to function similarly to your natural teeth, but chewing on ice, fingernails, hard candies, or toothpicks can cause your veneers to chip or crack. Avoid putting non-food items in your mouth, and chew slowly in case you bite into a small piece of bone or ice.
Keep Stains Away From Your Veneers
Foods known to stain both natural teeth and veneers, such as red wine, coffee, dark sodas, berries, and tea, should be limited or avoided. If you smoke, quitting can help prevent permanent staining as well as provide a slew of health benefits.
We understand that avoiding these foods and drinks entirely can be difficult, so it’s okay to indulge occasionally, but rinse or brush as soon as possible afterward. This simple step can also aid in the prevention of discoloration and the preservation of your new smile.
Put on a mouthguard.
While accurate statistics on the prevalence of dental injuries are difficult to come by, some studies suggest that up to 80% of athletes have suffered a sports-related dental injury. While the majority of these injuries happen in contact sports, they also happen in non-contact sports and are more likely to happen when a mouthguard isn’t worn. Wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports, regardless of the perceived level of risk, can help protect your new veneers.
Deal with Clenching and Grinding
Clenching or grinding your teeth at night can harm both your natural teeth and your veneers. If your dentist does not mention it first, bring it up with him or her so that a night guard can be made to protect your new smile from nighttime damage.
Maintain Your Regular Dental Appointments
Once you’ve had your veneers installed, it’s critical to visit your dentist every six months (or as previously scheduled – some patients require cleanings more frequently) for routine cleanings and exams. In most cases, the sooner your dentist detects a small cavity or other problems, the more treatment options you’ll have.
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