Veneers are thin, custom-fit porcelain or resin composites shells placed to the front of the teeth. Veneers are an effective cosmetic dental procedure for anyone wishing to improve their smile with a fast and long-lasting solution!
They’re used to correct discoloration, fix fractures, treat gapped teeth or misalignment issues, offering you the beautiful smile you want.
The results of dental veneers can last for 15 years or more with careful care. To ensure that you enjoy your gorgeous new smile for as long as possible, here are some daily tips and habits that one can follow to maintain their natural-looking results and prevent veneers shells from damage.
Tobacco does not directly affect veneers, but tar and nicotine can cling to the joining substance used to secure your veneers in place, requiring you to replace them sooner than a nonsmoker. In addition, Tobacco consumption may cause a brownish or yellow color around the edges of your veneers and the underlying tooth, resulting in spotty dark spots of your smile.
Brush and floss regularly
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing are excellent methods to keep your teeth in good shape. Poor oral hygiene can cause your gums to retreat and expose the edges of your veneers, which puts them in danger of breaking or displacement.
Use the right toothpaste and toothbrush
Some toothpaste products may include abrasive chemicals that are harmful to your gums and veneers. Avoid using a toothpaste containing chemicals like hydrogen peroxide, sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda. These substances will chip away at the base of your veneers because they have an abrasive texture that might cause your veneers to lose their color and shine.
In addition, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging the porcelain surface, your natural teeth, and enamel.
Avoid chewing on hard items
You can hurt both your teeth and veneers if you’re using them as tools for opening packages, biting your nails, and chewing on pen caps or ice. Using your teeth for purposes other than eating can lead to chips, cracks, and irreversible damage to your veneers.
Avoid certain foods
One of the best advantages of dental veneers is that they’re stain-resistant, which means that you can consume coffee, tea, blueberries, sauces, or chocolates without staining your teeth. However, foods like raw vegetables or hard fruits fall under the hard items mentioned above.
Furthermore, you should avoid food items containing a high amount of sugar and acid to prevent dental cavities, such as candy, pasta, bread, lemons, and other citrus fruits.
Wear a nightguard
If you suffer from bruxism or have the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, make sure you wear a night guard at night to prevent cracking the porcelain. Moreover, wearing a nightguard will be necessary if you participate in physical sports like boxing, taekwondo, wrestling to protect your teeth from injury.
Limit alcohol intake
Consuming too much alcohol will weaken the bonding that attaches veneers to your teeth. While this does not imply that your veneers will break, the bonding layer will be more sensitive to damage, erosion, and discoloration.
Please note that alcohol isn’t only found in alcoholic drinks since some mouthwash or toothpaste products include alcohol that can be just as harmful as liquor.
Schedule Regular Dental Visits
We recommend scheduling a checkup and cleaning every six months to maintain your dental health. Your dentist will assist you in avoiding gum and oral diseases, which can compromise the strength and ailment of your veneers. Dental visits will also guarantee the early treatment of any issues that arise, including breaks, gaps, or failing bonds within your veneers and teeth.
Visit our Novomed clinics in Dubai, Al Ain or Abu Dhabi for a one-on-one consultation with the best dentists to discuss your options when it comes to teeth whitening and maintaining your veneers’ results! Or contact us for more information on our special dental services available only at Novomed.