Dental veneers provide an excellent aesthetic solution for people who are not completely satisfied with the appearance of their smile. Dental veneers are essentially thin laminate shells made from tooth-like material that are used to cover any dental flaws or imperfections that you may have. Indeed, the tooth laminates can make your smile look natural with perfectly sculpted and contoured teeth. Like an investment for the long haul – dental veneers can last up to 10 years if well looked after – you would need to take good care of them.
Here are some tips to help keep your veneered teeth in their bright, pristine and healthy state:
Your tooth laminates are held in place using a special bonding agent. Following the cosmetic treatment, it is important that you allow about a week or so for the bonding effect to set in. During this period, avoid hard chews as well as foods and beverages that are too hot or cold so as not to risk dislodging or moving the veneers by accident. After the initial period, you may continue to brush your teeth with a soft-bristled tooth brush and gentle whitening toothpaste – preferably with a special formulation that removes stains without any abrasive action. The special whitening products can help to prevent the build up of stains and plaque on the veneers.
You should look after your dental veneers the same way as you would your natural teeth. In fact, you must continue to brush and floss as per normal using the “gentler” products as mentioned above. Remember: Like your natural teeth, your veneers are just as susceptible to plague and bacterial build-up that can result in tooth decays and gum diseases. It is also recommended that you visit the dentist every six months for a regular check-and-clean session. During the regular dental visits, you should also ask the dentist to check your veneers, making sure that they remain intact and that they are not loosened or twisted in any way – any distortions can make the veneers vulnerable to decay.
Of course, to maintain the bright and healthy appearance of your veneered teeth, you may also wish to adjust your diet accordingly. Although your porcelain veneers may be stain resistant, you should still avoid stain-causing substances, foods and beverages to maintain the pristine look of your veneered teeth. For regular coffee, tea or red wine drinkers, it may be a good idea to consume your beverages through a straw to avoid contact with your veneers. Regular smokers will do well to cut down on their cigarettes or quit altogether if they wish to keep the pristine look of their veneers.
If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, you may ask your cosmetic dentist for a protective mouth guard to protect your veneers. The excessive pressure from grinding may cause chipping, which is why the mouthguard is recommended for bruxers (teeth grinders or clenchers) who have had veneers done. The mouthpiece is typically worn before going to bed.
Interested to find out more about our range of Porcelain Veneers? Please contact Sydney CBD Dental at (02) 9232 3900. For those who have veneers applied, you may also book an appointment for a regular check to make sure that your veneers are kept in optimum condition at all times.