The Do’s and Don’ts of Porcelain Veneers
Created on January 2, 2024
More and more people are turning to porcelain veneers to get the smile they have always wanted. We are proud to offer this service to patients of our Springfield office. In addition to careful planning and performance, we understand the value of follow-up. Because porcelain veneer treatment requires us to slightly reduce surface enamel, patients commit to a lifetime of care. If a veneer chips or is otherwise damaged, replacement is necessary. The entire process is carried out to facilitate long-term success. However, there are certain things you do want to do and certain things you don’t want to do when you have porcelain veneers.
Do See Your Dentist Regularly
Just like natural enamel, plaque and tartar can accumulate on or around a veneer. These sheaths of material are bonded only to the front surface of a tooth or teeth. That leaves the sides and back of the tooth vulnerable. Brushing and flossing are vital to the longevity of veneers. Also, professional care is beneficial because we can look closely at the margins where veneers meet enamel to ensure no build-up has begun. Plaque that is not removed hardens into tartar, which can be difficult to remove. We use specific tools to do this while preserving the integrity of the bond between veneers and the natural tooth.
Do Enjoy a Variety of Foods
There may be a temptation to protect veneers by changing your eating habits. This is not necessary. Porcelain is resistant to staining, so you can continue to enjoy that morning cup of tea or coffee and even relish the pleasure of a nice glass of red wine. The bonding process creates integrity that enables your veneered teeth to handle biting even dense foods. The only tip for eating is to avoid biting and twisting, like biting off a piece of taffy. This motion may disrupt the veneer and create vulnerability to breakage.
Don’t Chew on Hard Objects
Food is fine; your fingernails are not. Veneers cannot handle the force of chronic biting on pen caps, ice, and other non-food objects. Truth be told, your natural teeth can’t handle this, either.
Composite Veneers After Care
While veneers can dramatically improve your smile, proper care is essential to ensure their longevity and maintain their pristine appearance.
Commit to Excellent Oral Hygiene
Just like your natural teeth, veneers require consistent oral care. Brushing and flossing regularly help prevent plaque buildup and maintain the health of your gums. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching the veneer surface.
Choose Non-Abrasive Dental Products
When selecting dental care products, opt for those specifically designed for veneers. Avoid abrasive toothpaste or harsh mouthwashes, as they can damage the veneer surface over time. Your dentist can recommend suitable products that are gentle yet effective.
Regular Dental Check-Ups
Routine dental check-ups are crucial to monitor the overall health of your teeth and veneers. Your dentist can identify potential issues early on and provide necessary maintenance. Professional cleanings also help remove any stubborn plaque or stains that may accumulate on the veneer surface.
Be Mindful of Staining Agents
“When can I drink coffee?” This is a common question that dentists get. While veneers are stain-resistant, it’s advisable to be cautious with certain substances that may cause discoloration over time. Limit the consumption of dark-colored beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine. If you indulge in these drinks, consider using a straw to minimize contact with your veneers.
Avoid Chewing on Hard Objects
Veneers are durable, but they are not indestructible. Refrain from chewing on hard objects like ice, pens, or fingernails, as this can chip or damage the veneer. Additionally, be mindful of habits like teeth grinding, as they can contribute to premature wear and tear. If you do grind your teeth, let your dentist know so they can give you a mouth guard while you sleep.
Protect Your Smile During Physical Activities
If you engage in sports or activities where there is a risk of dental trauma, consider wearing a mouthguard. A custom-fitting mouthguard will provide optimal protection for your veneers, preventing potential damage in case of accidental impact.
Address Any Issues Promptly
If you experience discomfort, notice changes in your veneers, or have any concerns, consult with your dentist promptly. Early intervention can prevent minor issues from developing into more significant problems, ensuring the longevity of your veneers.
How Soon Can You Eat After Veneers
After getting veneers, it’s generally advisable to wait until the local anesthesia wears off before eating. This typically takes a few hours. However, the specific recommendations can vary based on the type of veneers, the type of bonding material used, and your dentist’s instructions. Here are some general guidelines to consider:
- Immediately after the procedure, wait for the anesthesia to wear off. Also, avoid hot and cold foods because sensitivity can be heightened at this time.
- For the first 24 hours, stick to a soft diet to minimize any stress on the newly placed veneers.
- Some long-term guidelines are to avoid hard food because while veneers are durable, they’re not indestructible. Also, be cautious with sticky or chewy foods because they can cause them to become loose.
- Maintain good oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of your veneers.
Follow Dentist Recommendations
Your dentist will provide specific post-procedure instructions based on your unique situation. Follow these guidelines carefully for the best outcomes. Make sure you attend all follow-up appointments scheduled by your dentist to monitor the condition of your veneers and address any concerns.
Taking Care of Porcelain Veneers
Always remember that individual experiences may vary, and it’s crucial to follow your dentist’s advice. If you have any specific questions about veneers and their aftercare, don’t hesitate to reach out to Taylor Street Dental for personalized guidance based on your case. Would you like to know more about porcelain veneers and what’s possible for you? Call us at 413-781-7645 or reach out to us through our online form.