December 13, 2020
Porcelain veneers are a powerful cosmetic treatment. By disguising aesthetic flaws in teeth, they can boost your confidence and contribute to a youthful glow. If you have veneers, you can expect them to provide you with well over a decade of beautiful smiles — but only if you care for them well. Let’s discuss some simple things you can do to extend the lifespan of your veneers in Boca Raton.
Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
While veneers themselves cannot develop cavities, the teeth beneath them and the gums beside them are still vulnerable to bacterial attack. If you develop gum disease or cavities around your veneers, the veneers may need to be removed. You can drastically reduce your risk of such issues if you stick to an excellent oral hygiene routine that includes once-daily flossing and twice-daily brushing.
Use the Right Toothpaste
At first thought, it might seem like a good idea to use a whitening toothpaste on your veneers. However, that could actually end up damaging them. Many whitening toothpastes are abrasive and could scratch the porcelain. Then, tiny food particles could get into those scratches and negatively affect your veneers’ appearance. You should always use a gentle toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your dentist or dental hygienist can offer you some practical product recommendations.
Reduce the Risk of Breakage
Although veneers are quite durable, they can break or crack if they are exposed to enough pressure. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about getting a protective mouthguard that will prevent your top and bottom teeth from touching one another while you sleep. If you play sports, you may need a custom mouthguard for when you are on the field or court.
Another potential threat to your veneers is hard objects. Avoid biting down on anything like ice, pen caps, or jawbreaker candies.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Not only are cigarettes and chewing tobacco bad for oral health, but they can also affect the way your veneers look. They may cause the bonding agent that attaches your veneers to your teeth to become discolored, causing your smile to take on a yellowish appearance.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
At your routine dental checkups, your dentist will do more than examine your teeth. They will also inspect your veneers and look for any early signs of damage. If they notice any issues, they might be able to fix the problem before you end up losing one or more of your veneers.
Are you doing all you can to take proper care of your veneers? Your efforts can help your gorgeous smile to stand the test of time!
Meet the Practice
Dr. Kenneth Mogell, along with Drs. Mitchell Epstein and Charles Nottingham, provides comprehensive general and cosmetic services to the Boca Raton community. Their decades of experience make them especially qualified to design gorgeous veneers and help patients safeguard their smiles for the long run. To learn more about our practice or how you can maintain the results of a cosmetic treatment, contact us at 561-394-9000.
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