Porcelain veneers look so natural and beautiful that most people would never know that you had cosmetic dentistry. They just see that your smile looks great! Veneers do require some special care to keep them looking and functioning their best, however.
Here are some tips to maintain your beautiful new smile:
Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums
Porcelain veneers cannot decay themselves, but they cover only the front of your teeth, which means the rest of your tooth is still susceptible to decay.
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Make sure you floss.
- Use proper form for home care.
- Keep regular dental appointments.
If you have questions about how often you should have your teeth cleaned now that you have dental veneers, call our Montrose dental office. We can help!
If you notice changes in your oral health, such as bleeding when you brush or floss, contact us right away so that we can help you get back on track.
Don’t Bite into Anything Except Food
Teeth are not tools – except when it comes to eating. Opening packages, tearing tape, and biting anything other than food should be avoided. Non-food items can chip or crack porcelain (and natural teeth)!
Dr. Cory will go over best practices for keeping your veneers looking great and feeling comfortable. If you damage a veneer, call us right away.
Report Any Clenching or Grinding
Many people suffer from a clenching and grinding habit, also known as bruxism. Certain medications, alcohol use, and stress may exacerbate symptoms. Dr. Cory looks for signs of clenching and grinding at each appointment, but if you notice changes in between appointments, give us a call. You might wear down or chip your veneers.
Signs of a bruxism habit:
- Teeth sensitivity
- Gum recession
- Damaged restorations
- Sore jaw muscles
- Changes in your bite
In most cases, a custom nightguard will protect your dentistry and your natural teeth.