How to Take Care of Your Veneers
Whether you choose composite veneers or porcelain veneers, make sure you take care of them so they can last as long as possible. You'll want to treat them like natural teeth — and maybe even better. Follow these tips:
- Keep a healthy oral hygiene routine. Continue brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between teeth daily with floss or another interdental device. Both tooth decay and gum disease can put your veneers and overall oral health at risk. Ask your dental professional to show you the best way to brush and floss with your new veneers.
- Use the right toothpaste and toothbrush. When brushing your veneers, use a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. This means avoiding ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda that can eat away at your veneers' surface. Your dental professional can recommend the best products to use.
- Don't bite into hard things. You'll want to be careful around harder foods like raw fruits and vegetables, chips, or meat with bones. You'll also need to eliminate bad habits like chewing on ice or using your teeth to open things.
- Protect your new smile. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, your dentist might recommend a nightguard to protect your veneers from damage while you sleep. Similarly, if you play any contact sports, you will want to wear a mouthguard to cushion those pearly whites from any accidental blows to the face.
Veneers are a big commitment that can make a significant impact on your smile, so make sure you are fully informed about your options before deciding what material is best for you. By working closely with your dentist, you can determine if you're a good candidate for veneers and get ready to show off your new smile to the world.