Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or resin that bond to the front of your teeth in order to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Whether you have misaligned teeth, chipped enamel, or discolored teeth, veneers can transform your smile and improve your confidence.
As with any dental investment, it’s important to take care of them so they last as long as possible. Follow these easy steps from Airport Dental Care to maintain your dental veneers for years to come.
Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily
It’s important to maintain a healthy dental routine that includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day, just like you would your natural teeth. It sounds simple, but maintaining proper oral hygiene prevents tooth decay and receding gums, both of which could cause detached or chipped veneers.
Choose the right toothpaste and toothbrush
Many people think using hard-bristled toothbrushes and abrasive toothpastes can scrub away stains on your teeth. The reality is that your veneers are specially made to have a certain color and sheen. Rough brushes and harsh toothpaste may actually damage their stain-resistant surfaces.
Instead of using whitening toothpaste with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide, choose gentle toothpaste and soft-bristled brushes in order to help your veneers last as long as possible.
Be mindful of what you put in your mouth
Many people have the bad habit of biting their nails or chewing on a pen cap when bored. Although veneers are durable, they’re susceptible to cracking and chipping just like your natural teeth.
To ensure you keep your veneers strong and problem-free, avoid biting onto hard objects like nails, bottle caps, and pens or hard foods such as chicken bones or ice.
Invest in a night guard if you grind your teeth
If you struggle with clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at night, a condition known as bruxism, talk to us about solutions like a night guard. Not only can a night guard prevent damage to your veneers caused by increased wear-and-tear, but it can also help you get a better night’s sleep by reducing jaw tension and discomfort.
Avoid staining your veneers
Veneers are generally stain-resistant, but drinks such as coffee, colas, and red wine could stain the areas where your veneers are attached. If you can’t skip your mid-day soda, use a straw when enjoying it or other drinks that stain.
Visit Airport Dental Care for regular checkups
One of the best things you can do for your dental health is to see your dentist regularly. We recommend you make an appointment with Dr. Brian LaBombard every six months to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy and to keep an eye out for any potential issues with your veneers such as chips, cracks, or stains.
If you have questions about veneers or if it’s been awhile since your last checkup, call Airport Dental Care in Austin, Texas, at 512-668-9912 or book an appointment online today.