Veneers can completely reshape your smile as well as your teeth. They are bonded onto the front of your teeth to help recreate a “natural teeth” look. If used gently, porcelain veneers can last you more than a decade.
However, wear and tear as a normal occurrence leads to the gradual weakening and damage of the porcelain veneers, reducing its life expectancy to about a decade. Nevertheless, during the period that you will have the veneers on, it is important to keep them clean and hygienic. This is the one of the best ways to ensure its longevity.
Adapting Healthy Oral Practices
Getting veneers does not mean you stop taking care of your teeth in the manner you used to. In fact, you should keep brushing and flossing as you did your natural teeth. As much as veneers may not decay, the tooth that is underlying can discolor and decay. This will affect the hue of the veneer. Gum disease can also occur despite the presence of veneers. Whitening toothpaste can prevent porcelain veneers from stains and discoloring.
When flossing, do so with caution to prevent the possibility of breakage. Applying too much force when flossing or brushing teeth can result in a cracked or chipped tooth. Exposure coffee, tea, wine and other tooth-staining foods should be avoided. If you cannot, make an effort to brush or rinse your mouth immediately. Make sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Avoiding tobacco products can also ensure your veneers stay white. Not only is it bad for your health, it raises the chance of reducing the beauty and lifespan of your veneers. If you cannot lay off tobacco, make an effort to ask for stain resistant veneers. In addition to these self-care tips, book an appointment with us at least every six months for cleaning and checkup.
Our office proudly offers a variety of services to help you achieve your best smile at any age. Give us a call at (650) 250-4350 and let us help you find the right approach for your dental solution.
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