Porcelain veneers have gained a positive reputation as a relatively quick and effortless way to achieve a straighter, whiter, and more beautiful smile. But the process of being fitted with porcelain veneers does not end when the veneers are placed. While it’s true that they are quite durable, porcelain veneers still require special aftercare for the best results and a long lifespan. But how do you care for your porcelain veneers once they have been placed? Your Corpus Christi cosmetic dentists, Charles A. Robertson and N. Perry Orchard, will be able to recommend several pointers to keep your porcelain veneers looking good as new for as long as possible.
How Do I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
Once your porcelain veneers have been placed and set, what measures do you need to take in order to protect them and keep them in good condition?
- Maintain Good Dental Hygiene: Porcelain veneers are only a thin shell, laid over your natural teeth that serve as their base. That base is still prone to tooth decay, which means that it is important to keep up with your dental hygiene just as you did before. It may help to think of your porcelain veneers just like your natural teeth, as they still require daily brushing and flossing, plus regular dental checkups and routine cleanings every six months to prevent plaque buildup and decay.
- Careful Brushing: Many cosmetic dentists recommend using a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste in conjunction with your porcelain veneers. Stiffer bristles and more abrasive toothpastes can wear away the natural finish of your veneers, causing scratches and dullness.
Are There Any Habits that Could Shorten the Lifespan of My Porcelain Veneers?
When you are fitted with porcelain veneers, learning how to care for them properly is vital. Equally vital is the process of learning what not to do in order to prolong the health and integrity of your veneers for as long as possible.
- Bruxism or Teeth Grinding: Chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can take a high toll on natural teeth and porcelain veneers alike, causing chips and cracks or even forcing a veneer off altogether. If you suffer from nightly bouts of teeth grinding, talk to your dentist about having a mouth guard fitted to protect your teeth and veneers from unnecessary wear and damage.
- Bad Chewing Habits: Many people have picked up bad habits over the years, whether it is chewing ice, pen caps, or fingernails. These habits can damage natural teeth and wreak havoc on porcelain veneers, causing stress and overall breakage.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers Today
Caring properly for your porcelain veneers can be a bit of work, but the reward of a uniform and beautiful smile is well worth the effort. If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your porcelain veneers, don’t hesitate to ask your cosmetic dentist - it’s better to ask and get the right answer, than to risk the health of your teeth and your dental work. Contact the cosmetic dentistry office of Charles A. Robertson and N. Perry Orchard to schedule an appointment and learn more about the porcelain veneers placement and aftercare process today.