How to Care for Porcelain Veneers in Fort Worth, TX
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Of course, you want to keep it looking beautiful. Porcelain teeth veneers are ultra-thin custom made shells bonded to the front surface of your teeth to change their length, shape, and color. Dental veneers last between 10-15 years with proper maintenance. In addition to regular dental appointments with your dentist at Sycamore Dental in Fort Worth, TX, you can maintain your veneers with appropriate home care.
Brush and Floss
Just like regular teeth, you’ll need to brush and floss your veneers to keep them clean. Avoid toothpaste that contains baking soda or peroxide because these can damage your veneers. Whitening toothpaste can also cause damage and provide no benefit for veneers. Gel toothpaste is often recommended because it doesn’t typically contain these ingredients.
You may need to change the way you brush and floss to accommodate veneers. It requires a gentle touch to avoid cracking or chipping. Your dentist can show you how to brush and floss properly and ensure that you are using appropriate toothpaste. It would be best if you also switched to an alcohol-free mouthwash. Frequent alcohol exposure can break down the bonding compound.
Watch What You Eat (And Chew)
Most people have used their teeth for something other than their intended purpose at some point in their life. Opening packages or bottles, chewing on pencils, and eating ice can break your veneers. Avoid chewing on hard objects, and don’t put non-food items in your mouth. Typical foods are safe but beware of bones and hard candies.
Frequent alcohol consumption can damage your veneers or break down the bonding compound. Your veneers are stain-resistant, but the bonding can stain. It’s best to avoid drinks known to stain your teeth, like coffee and tea, because these can also stain the bonding compound. These items can also stain your natural teeth, causing your veneers to be whiter than your teeth over time.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Tobacco products can also cause stains. They also do damage to your oral health, which can have consequences beyond cosmetic concerns.
Sycamore Dental Porcelain Teeth Veneers in Fort Worth, TX
If you need a veneer’s dentist in Fort Worth, TX, contact Dr. Vidya Suri at Sycamore Dental, call (817) 438-1828 to make an appointment. We care for all of your dental needs, including veneers.