Porcelain veneers constitute a powerful solution for dental patients who want to recover the beauty of their smile and their confidence. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers are incredibly resilient and maintain a flawless exterior for years and years. However, certain aftercare guidelines should be respected in order to maximize their lifespan. Let’s find out what you need to know about properly caring for them to eliminate the requirement for replacement interventions for at least a decade.
• Optimal oral hygiene routine
Treat the veneers with the same level of care as your natural teeth. You might argue that the nature of the porcelain doesn’t render veneers susceptible to decay and therefore oral hygiene doesn’t play an important role in their life. That statement is technically correct, porcelain is non-organic, but it blatantly ignores the fact that exposed enamel surfaces exist, and they are vulnerable to decay. Improper oral hygiene also opens up the possibility of developing gum disease.
• Switch to a toothbrush with soft bristles
Standard toothbrushes are suitable for natural teeth, but their tougher bristles in combination with abrasive compounds in whitening toothpaste could damage the porcelain layer. To be on a safe side, ask your dentist to recommend you a toothbrush that’s suitable for the veneers.
• Visit the dentist’s office regularly
You’ll want to learn about any potential issues that arise with the veneers in time and before they escalate to the point where they require replacement. A minor fissure in the surface, receding gum line that uncovers the upper surface, tooth decay developing in their vicinity, so on and so forth are problems that could be easily addressed in their original phase.
• Quit smoking (if you are)
Cigarette smoke constitutes, among many other health concerns, one of the leading factors for tooth discoloration, which becomes visible alongside the edges of the porcelain veneers.
• Develop gum disease or let it escalate
Receding gums are the direct consequence of gum disease, and the effect that was mentioned earlier – exposure of upper surfaces – could occur. Discovering and correctly treating gum disease are your best bet in maintain the veneers in peak form.
• Chew or nibble on items with tough exteriors
Nervous reflexes like nibbling on the end of a pencil or biting your nails tend to wear out the porcelain at a fast rate.
• Grind your teeth or clench your jaws forcefully
Another subconscious reflex that results from stress and risks damaging the veneers consists of teeth grinding. There are numerous methods to refrain throughout the day, but chronic teeth grinders should consider a night-guard to prevent wearing out the porcelain during their sleep. Closing your mouth forcefully applies excessive pressure that could crack the porcelain surface.
• Excessively drink beverages that stain the teeth
Red wine and dark grape juice are perhaps the best examples of the category of beverages that stain the teeth easily. While you shouldn’t necessarily abstain from them completely because they bring along a plethora of health benefits, limiting the amount and brushing your teeth after drinking can help you mitigate the stains.