If you’ve chosen porcelain veneers to revamp your smile, you know it can be life-transforming. You love the beautiful, healthy-looking teeth you see in the mirror, and you just can’t stop smiling. You’re amazed at the boost of confidence you feel and how it ripples through other areas of your life.
You wish this feeling would never end, and it doesn’t have to. By taking a few precautionary steps outlined by your St. Paul dentist, you can keep your dental veneers in good shape for ten years or longer.
How to Care for Your Porcelain Veneers
Brush and Floss Diligently
As always, oral hygiene that consists of brushing twice a day and flossing once is essential. Your dental veneers won’t decay, but the tooth beneath it can still get a cavity. You can also develop gingivitis that puts your restoration at risk.
Keep Up with Dental Exams and Cleanings
Staying current with routine dental cleanings keeps your gums and the teeth beneath your veneers healthy. If you develop a cavity, your dentist would need to remove the veneer, and there goes your investment.
When you stay current with these appointments, you’ll continue to maintain excellent dental health, and your St. Paul cosmetic dentist can also check your veneers to make sure they’re in good shape.
Prevent Damage from Teeth Grinding and Bruxism
If you’re a bruxer (someone who grinds their teeth), tell your dentist, if they don’t already know. They can customize a nightguard that you wear over your teeth while you sleep. The guard prevents your upper and lower teeth from coming into contact when you grind your teeth, minimizing the wear and tear caused by bruxism.
Avoid Foods that Damage Your Veneers
The beauty of dental veneers is that they’re so thin that no one will notice them. But this also means that you have to be extremely careful to avoid foods that can chip or crack them. Chewing on ice, pens, or fingernails can also chip or break your beautiful veneers.
Have Questions about Caring for Your Veneers?
If you have porcelain veneers and would like some guidance on caring for them properly, call our St. Paul dental office, and we will be happy to provide the information you need.