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Caring for Veneers – What You Need to Know
Veneers are wafer-thin shells that dentists attach on the front surface of your teeth to hide imperfections like chips, cracks, and stains. They’re a more permanent solution for discolored teeth than regular whitening and typically last ten to thirty years with proper care. But what does proper care mean when you have veneers? Keep reading as we share tips on how to properly care for your veneers and prolong their longevity.
Brush Your Teeth with Fluoride Toothpaste
The easiest way to care for your veneers and make them last longer is by brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste. We recommend fluoride toothpaste because the fluoride kills cavity-causing bacteria and remineralizes the teeth. While at it, use a soft-bristle brush and brush gently to avoid wearing down the veneers or scraping them leaving ugly marks.
Remember, brushing your teeth helps protect the teeth holding the veneers from dental decay. The veneers themselves are immune to dental decay since they’re made from porcelain and composite resin, which are resistant to the acid produced by bacteria.
Avoid Hard Foods
Chewing on hard foods like nuts and raw vegetables exerts pressure on your veneers and could crack or chip them entirely. Instead, restrict your diet to soft foods or chop these hard foods into small pieces to consume them.
You should also avoid using your veneered teeth to open beer and soda bottles or chew hard objects like your nails or pencils. That’s because you could accidentally crack them and compromise their longevity.
Cut Down on the Booze
While the occasional beer after a hard day at work is okay, excessive alcohol consumption is bad for your veneers. Cut down alcohol and you can kill two birds with one stone; extend your veneer’s lifespan and improve your health. Excessive alcohol consumption weakens the adhesive material that attaches your veneers to your teeth, eventually leading to failure. Reduce the alcohol for longer-lasting veneers.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
When it comes to maintaining the health and strength of your teeth, the dentist is your best friend. After all, the health of your teeth directly impacts the longevity of your veneers. Regular dental hiccups allow the dentist to pick out issues with your teeth before they spiral out of control and reduce your veneer’s lifespan. Schedule a dental checkup every six months to maintain optimal dental health and make your veneers last longer.
Opt for a Mouthguard During Physical Activities
If you engage in physical activities or sports where there’s a risk of impact to your mouth, consider wearing a mouthguard. A custom-fitted mouthguard, provided by your dentist, can help protect your veneers from accidental damage due to falls or blows to the face. It’s a small investment in safeguarding your beautiful smile and ensuring that your veneers continue to enhance your appearance for years to come.
Get In Touch
Use the above tips to ensure the strength, durability, and longevity of your veneers for decades on end. And if you’re looking to replace your current veneers or get new veneers, you’re in the right company. Aristo Dental is here for you. Contact us today for strong, long-lasting veneers that are sure to look great on your teeth. We won’t rest until your smile is picture perfect!