Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials that are attached to the front surface of your teeth for a smile makeover. They can conceal a wide range of imperfections, including chips, cracks, gaps, misalignment, discolouration, and more. They are a quick and easy way to dramatically change the colour, shape, size, or length of your teeth.
No special care is required to keep your veneers in top shape. All you will need to do is follow a good standard of oral hygiene to maintain your veneers, which includes:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing or using interdental brushes
- Visiting the hygienist and dentist for regular check-ups and to keep a check on your veneers
- Having regular dental cleanings
- Patients who clench or grind their teeth at night may need to wear a custom-made splint overnight to protect their veneers from wear or breakage
Besides following the above basic dental hygiene regime, it will help to pay close attention to the following recommendations in order to increase the longevity of your porcelain veneers:
Don’t chew ice or other hard objects
While porcelain veneers are durable, they are chances of them chipping or breaking. Chewing on ice and other hard stuff, such as candy, popcorn kernels, pens, fingernails, etc., can damage your veneers. You must also avoid using your teeth as a tool to open bottle caps or tear off plastic packages.
Protect your smile when playing sports
You may accidentally damage your veneers while playing contact sports such as basketball, football, wrestling, etc. To protect your veneers and your natural teeth from potential trauma, invest in a mouth guard. Dr. Joy Dental Clinic houses a state-of-the-art lab where we can design a custom-made sports guard for your teeth’s protection.
Beware of stains
Just like your natural teeth, veneers are also prone to getting stained, so it’s a good idea to limit foods that are known to cause discolouration, like coffee, red wine, dark sodas, tea, and berries. Smoking is another known cause of stains, so you may want to consider kicking the habit. Not only will it improve your overall health, but it will also keep your veneers gleaming and white.
At Dr. Joy Dental Clinic, we offer the whole spectrum of veneers, including ultra-thin porcelain veneers, and employ the most advanced techniques to give you an aesthetic smile that lasts for years. If you already have veneers installed, visit our cosmetic dentists who will protect your teeth and your veneers by ensuring that any potential problems are spotted quickly and resolved before they worsen. In addition, our specialists will use professional equipment to polish your veneers and preserve their quality.
Call us at 800-DRJOY (37569) to book your veneers consultation with our cosmetic dentists.