Porcelain veneers can drastically improve the appearance of your smile, and has become the most popular cosmetic dental procedure next to teeth whitening. These dental enhancements look and feel natural. However, as common misconception, most patients think veneers are impervious to damage or staining. Veneers, just like natural teeth, require upkeep. A daily brushing regimen, mindful eating habits, and regular visits to your Lake Orion dentist are the best way to protect your veneers.
What to Do, What to Avoid
To extend the life of your porcelain veneers, tend to them properly. Dr. Greenfield has developed this list of rules to prolong the life of your veneers.
- When you brush, use a soft-bristled brush and brush gently in a circular motion. Avoid using abrasive toothpastes, like these containing baking sodas, because that can ruin your veneers.
- When you floss, start from one side of your mouth and move to the other, and floss at least once a day. If necessary, use a mirror to affirm you’re removing plaque effectively.
- When you eat, limit the amount of staining foods you consume. Coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and dark colored berries can stain your veneers. Also, take care when eating harder foods like whole apples, carrots, and hard candies, as these can cause your porcelain veneers to chip or crack.
- End your tobacco use as soon as you can. This includes smoking cigarettes and cigars and chewing tobacco, also called dip. Not only will quitting these habits help you reduce your chances of developing oral and lung cancers, it will reduce the risk of staining your veneers.
Talk to Your Lake Orion Dentist about Veneer Options
Porcelain veneers can greatly improve your smile. However, much like natural teeth, they require care and regular maintenance to prolong their life. By following these helpful hints, your veneers can retain their beauty for many years. To schedule an appointment with our Lake Orion office call us at (248) 693-6213. You can also visit our website for a full listing of our services, smile gallery, and patient forms. We happily serve patients in Clarkston, Auburn Hills, Oxford, Rochester Hills, and neighboring communities.