Dental veneers are cosmetic dental treatments that cover one or all of the teeth in the smile line. Veneers are made of shell-like porcelain that covers damaged, discolored, and slightly crooked or misshapen teeth. With the right care, veneers can last for many years. While we offer veneer treatment in our office, we also want patients to learn how to care for their porcelain veneers in Arlington Heights, IL, so that they can stay bright and healthy.
Caring for Porcelain Veneers in Arlington Heights, IL
Cosmetic treatments are not permanent. However, there are several tips to follow to ensure that your veneers last as long as possible:
Brush and Floss
Although veneers themselves cannot be affected by harmful bacteria, the bacteria can build on the veneers and affect their brightness and the health of surrounding teeth and gums. You can brush and floss your veneers like natural teeth. When you brush your veneers, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid toothpastes that contain abrasive ingredients like charcoal that can scratch the veneers.
Don’t Use Teeth As Tools
Using your teeth to open packages is already harmful to your natural teeth; putting additional pressure on teeth increases the chance of chipping or breaking a tooth. The same can be said for veneers because they are not immune to damage. Additionally, do not chew on ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels because it places more pressure on your teeth and veneers. Excessive stress or force to the veneers can loosen or even break the veneers.
Harmful decay-causing bacteria feed on sugars and starches left in the mouth. Bacteria can build on teeth, gums, and even cosmetic treatments like veneers. Harmful bacteria can affect the gums and, eventually, the teeth behind the veneers if the veneers loosen, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
Avoid Acidic and Staining Foods and Drinks
While veneers are stain-resistant, they will be stained over time if you consume foods and drinks that easily stain, including tea, coffee, tomato-based sauces, wine, and berries. Acidic foods can damage natural teeth and veneers over time; remember to hydrate, brush, and floss regularly to prevent damage.
Visit the Dentist
We recommend that patients visit us biannually or every six months. During regular dental visits, our dental hygienists remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. If there is any buildup on or around the veneers, our hygienists can remove it. We will also examine the veneers and ensure that they do not look or feel loose. Bacteria can affect the tooth behind a veneer if the veneer is damaged or loose.
Do you have dental veneers and need to schedule your next routine dental visit? Request a dental consultation with Dr. Brent Engelberg today or call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703.