If you’ve invested in any treatment that improves your smile, most likely you want to be sure it last for many years. This is especially true for porcelain veneers, which are often used to cosmetically enhance the teeth that show when you smile. Porcelain veneers are a low-maintenance treatment and when properly cared for, can last 20+ years without major issues.
4 ways you can keep your veneers in tip-top shape
- Keep a proper oral hygiene routine:
While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and won’t decay, your natural teeth are still susceptible to these issues. Maintain a routine of brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing nightly with mouthwash. There’s no need to brush your teeth vigorously if you’re applying a circular, even motion. Make sure you use a soft bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, so you don’t harm the porcelain material.
- Refrain from grinding your teeth or chewing on hard objects.
The same recommendation goes for natural teeth, but since porcelain veneers are slightly less strong, following this tip is important. If you start grinding and clenching your teeth, tell your dentist so he or she can provide necessary treatment, usually an occlusal guard. Additionally, avoid chewing on pens or pencils and ice, and biting into hard foods with your front teeth.
- Protect your smile during contact sports.
Any activity or sport that is high impact always increases the risk for oral or dental trauma. If you are a participant in these events, be sure to wear a protective guard over your teeth and porcelain veneers. You don’t want your beautiful smile harmed when preventive measures are so easy!
- Visit your dentist regularly.
Your attractive smile might have you thinking that dental appointments are no longer necessary but think again! Routine visits to your dentist ensure that no decay or disease is present in your mouth that could damage your teeth, gums, and veneers.
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