Aftercare Tips for Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great solution to improve your smile and it can address a variety of issues such as chips, discolouration, gaps and minor misalignments. They will offer a dramatic transformation for your teeth and boost your self-confidence. But you need to understand how to maintain them afterwards so that you  can enjoy your new smile for a long time.

Veneers are custom made shells

That are very thin and they can be made from porcelain or composite resin. These will be bonded to the front surface of your teeth so that your appearance can be improved. These tend to be quite durable and resistant to stains but this doesn’t mean you can neglect their care. You can the cosmetic dental practice to carry out this procedure depending on their experience, expertise and reputation. Immediately after the procedure, you will need to avoid certain food and drinks. Your dentist will provide instructions on how toproperly care for the veneers. There will be certain medications prescribed to you and you will be required to attend follow up appointments. It is quite common to have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after you get veneers. This will not persist for a long time and you will find that it gradually decreases. You will need to use toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth in the first stage.

When it comes to long term care for veneers,

You need to maintain good oral hygiene. You have to brush your teeth at least twice a day. The toothpaste you use should be non-abrasive. You can use a soft bristled toothbrush so that it doesn’t scratch the veneers. There will be food particles and plaque between the teeth and along the gumline that a toothbrush cannot reach. Therefore, you will need to floss daily to remove this. An antiseptic mouthwash can be used to maintain your oral health. It is best to avoid hard and sticky food. Veneers can be very strong but they are not immune to destruction and you will need to avoid biting into hard food like ice, nuts and hard candies so that they will not get chipped or become cracked. You have to be careful when eating sticky food as they can cause the veneers to become dislodged.

Some substances

Such as tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco can cause staining. Porcelain veneers tend to be highly resistant to stains but the adhesive that bonds them to your teeth can be subjected to discoloration. So you can limit your intake of these staining substances. And after consuming them, you can rinse your mouth with water so that the risk of staining can be reduced. If you tend to grind your teeth at night which is a condition called bruxism, you need to wear a mouthguard. A custom mouthguard will also be quite beneficial if you play contact sports. By wearing a custom fitted mouthguard, your veneers will be protected from damage due to grinding or impact.