If you have ever worn metal braces, you will be glad to know that taking care of dental veneers is nowhere near as tiring as caring for braces. These devices do not come with any special cleaning needs. Simply taking care of your mouth and avoiding certain things will keep your veneers in great condition for years.
Important things you should know about taking care of dental veneers
Here are simple things that can keep your veneers in good condition for years:
1. Properly cleaning the mouth daily
Veneers only cover the front part of the wearer’s teeth, so the remaining parts of the person’s teeth are still vulnerable to tooth decay. Tooth decay can also weaken the bond a veneer makes with a tooth, leading to it becoming damaged or falling off.
Good oral hygiene includes brushing with a fluoride toothpaste each day. Teeth are most vulnerable to decay while a person sleeps, so brush before going to bed. This prevents bacteria from wreaking havoc on teeth at night.
Flossing is equally important since it removes plaque and food particles from places a toothbrush cannot reach. Dentists recommend flossing after every meal, but at the very least, it should be done once a day.
A quality mouthwash provides an extra layer of protection. It cleans the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth and the spots that flossing misses. It can also help remineralize teeth enamel and kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. People who wear veneers should opt for non-alcoholic mouthwashes since alcohol can soften the bonding agent used to attach veneers to teeth. It can also make the prosthetics more susceptible to discoloration and wear.
2. Address teeth grinding
Medically termed bruxism, teeth grinding wears down a person’s teeth and any prosthetics on them, like veneers. It can also lead to problems with the temporomandibular joints. People who suspect that they grind their teeth while they sleep should talk to their dentist about an occlusal guard. These devices can help reduce the strain put on teeth when the person sleeps.
3. Stick to softer foods
Chewing on crunchy or hard foods can damage teeth and veneers. Avoid habits like chewing on ice, bones, nails and hard candies.
4. Use protective gear
People who have their smiles restored with veneers should always take the extra step to protect their teeth when exposed to things that can damage them. For example, people who participate in contact sports like football or basketball should wear a mouth guard.
A dentist can provide better quality mouthguards than those sold at drug stores.
5. Visit the dentist as recommended
When a person visits their dentist regularly, any issues that arise with their veneers are immediately dealt with. This prevents minor issues from leading to the loss of one or more veneers.
Veneers last longer when you take care of them
Veneers can give you the smile that you have always wanted, and they can last for years if you take good care of them. Stop by our clinic to learn more about how they can be used to improve the way your teeth look.
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