Porcelain veneers are a treatment that restores the natural look of your teeth. It also serves as a protection for the underlying tooth surface. Porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years depending on how you take care of it. If you have a veneer, you need to keep it clean and hygienic to extend its life expectancy. So here are some tips on how to care for your veneers:
1. Brush and floss regularly.
Veneer will not decay but the tooth under it can and could discolor as well. Unfortunately, it can affect the appearance of the veneer. You may still develop gum disease even with the veneers on if not properly cleaned. An ultra-soft manual or electric toothbrush can be used, floss gently, and rinse it with a mouthwash.
2. Use a whitening toothpaste.
Your veneer color is matched to the rest of your natural teeth. In order to prevent the porcelain veneers from becoming stained, use a whitening toothpaste. Also, use a non-abrasive toothpaste or a toothpaste with natural whitener like baking soda.
3. Gently floss to prevent breakage.
Use minimal pressure on the veneer when brushing or flossing in order to prevent chips and cracks.
4. Avoid or minimize intake of tooth-staining foods and drinks.
Consume less coffee, tea, wine and other tooth-staining foods and drinks. Drink water and brush as soon as possible after you have an intake of these goods.
5. Quit cigarettes and tobacco.
Cigarettes and tobacco products can shorten the lifespan and beauty of your veneer. It's nicotine content can turn your white veneers yellow quickly.
Aside from the abovementioned tips, it's important to visit your dentist every six months for checkup and professional cleaning. The dentist will also check the condition of your veneer and make adjustments if necessary. For more tips about porcelain veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.