Whether you have crooked, chipped, discolored, or otherwise damaged teeth, dental veneers may be the perfect solution to give you that perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. However, because dental veneers are expensive and take a few hours to complete, it’s important that you are taking care of them. From not using them as tools to avoiding coffee and tea, this article will discuss a few ways that you can keep your dental veneers in the best shape possible. Read on to learn more.
Don’t Use Them As Tools
If you are a chronic nail biter, you are not only spreading bacteria from your nails to your mouth, but you can also chip your teeth in the process. By wearing away at your brand new dental veneers, bad habits like nail biting have got to go. Additionally, if you are the type of person who uses your teeth to open things or to rip off clothing tags, make sure to kick this habit as well. Remember that your dental veneers are not tools and that by using them as such, you can crack and chip them.
Brush and Floss
Although dental veneers aren’t your natural tooth, they can still get exposed to dental decay and need to be taken care of like your regular teeth. As one of the best ways to do so, we encourage all of our patients to brush and floss multiple times a day— especially in the morning and night. Because most patients who have dental veneers only have them on some of their teeth, brushing and flossing will prevent any harmful bacteria building up on their natural teeth and spreading.
Avoid Coffee and Tea
When you get brand new dental veneers, you will notice that they are the perfect shape, size, and color. To make sure that they stay that bright white color, try to avoid stain-causing beverages like coffee and black tea. Although veneers are less likely to stain as your natural tooth, there still is the possibility.
Keep your veneers looking and working just like new by using the tips listed above. If you would like to perfect your smile and learn more about dental veneers, contact Dr. John T. Green today!