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Essential Aftercare Tips for Maintaining Dental Veneers

Essential Aftercare Tips for Maintaining Dental Veneers

Veneers are frequently referred to as the “instant smile makeover” and “instant orthodontics” due to their ability to immediately restore and improve your smile. Patients that attend our clinic with permanent tooth discolouration, cracked chipped or uneven teeth or with gaps between their teeth are consistently amazed with the results of their treatment. Veneers can promptly transform the shape, size, length and colour of teeth, depending on your specific requirements. However, you do need to take extra special care of veneers to ensure that you can enjoy long-lasting results.

Porcelain veneers typically last 10-15 years if they are properly cared for. Thought they are naturally quite durable and appear just like natural teeth, they do require some additional essential aftercare and maintenance. We’ve prepared a quick guide of our top aftercare tips for maintaining dental veneers.

Maintain a perpetual maintenance routine

Although veneers themselves will not decay, a healthy mouth and gums are essential to their longevity. Commit to a stellar maintenance routine, brushing your teeth once a day and flossing once a day to keep oral health in optimum condition and prevent gum disease. The development of gum disease and other gum conditions can potentially damage the veneers hence the importance of maintaining good oral health.

Be selective with toothbrushes and toothpaste

If you have had a veneer treatment, you will need to reconsider your choice of toothbrush and toothpaste. Though you may prefer hard bristled toothbrushes, they can damage the polish on your porcelain veneers so it’s important to make the switch to a soft bristle toothbrush. Likewise some brands of toothpaste can contain harsh abrasive ingredients which may damage your veneers. Ask your dentist for a specific recommendation on the best toothpaste to use.

Don’t allow your dentist to become a stranger

Once you have porcelain veneers, it is important to visit your dentist every 6 months for check-ups – this is a commitment that you really should not allow to slide. Regular check-ups ensure that any potential oral health issues can be quickly identified and rectified, ensuring to prolong the longevity of your veneers and maintain their flawless appearance.

Careful what you chew

If you have had a habit of chewing on pens, your nails or any other hard objects, you will need to make a concerted effort to banish that habit after your veneer treatment. Veneers are quite durable but they cannot withstand quite the same level of chewing as natural teeth. Chewing on hard objects can potentially chip, crack or break veneers especially if the chewing is frequent or excessive.

Prevent grinding of the teeth

If you have had issues with regularly grinding or clenching your teeth, you need to discuss this with your dentist. Excessive grinding can quickly wear down your veneers and cause damage to them. It’s important to speak with your dentist about treatment or protective measures to prevent this issue and the subsequent damage it can lead to.

Avoid certain food & drinks

While veneers are stain-resistant, the adhesives used are not. This means that the edges of veneers may become discoloured if certain foods and drinks are frequently consumed. Try to avoid regular consumption of coffee and fizzy drinks and consider suing a straw when you are consuming fizzy drinks to minimise the risk of staining.

When properly cared for, veneers can continue to enhance your appearance and your confidence for many years. Our easily actionable aftercare tips offer a simple set of guidelines to follow to ensure your veneers can maintain their shape and brightness, giving you reason to smile all the time.

Written by : Dr. Tom Munroe

MILLTOWN DENTAL CLINIC

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Dublin 6

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