Recommended care for patients in Richmond with porcelain veneers
Veneers are a wonderful way to conceal enamel flaws and bring beautiful symmetry to your smile. They can last many years if you care for them properly. Dr. Olivia Hart provides these recommended care tips for patients in the Richmond area with porcelain veneers.
Veneers cannot develop cavities. However, they are simply thin shells of porcelain adhered to natural tooth structure, which can decay. It is vitally important to:
- Brush after meals. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive paste to avoid scratching veneers.
- Floss nightly.
- Limit between meal snacking to reduce risk of tooth decay.
- Cut back on staining beverages (cola, red wine, tea, and coffee). Veneers resist stains, but these drinks may discolor the cement.
- Avoid mouth rinse with high alcohol content and heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol deteriorates the bonding agent.
Anyone can get gum disease, and the margin – the area where a veneer meets the gum line – is susceptible to buildup of tartar. Pay special attention to this area when brushing.
Regular checkups are essential for the oral health of patients with veneers. Our hygiene team makes sure your veneers and the rest of your dentition sparkle. These visits give Dr. Hart a chance to check veneers, correcting problems if necessary, to avoid losing or breaking one.
Porcelain is very rigid, but it is brittle. Don’t chew ice, fingernails, or other hard objects. Avoid biting directly into very hard foods.
Wear a mouth guard when you participate in sports or other activities that put your “smile teeth” at risk. If you are a bruxer (you clench or grind at night), wearing a custom-fit night guard is highly encouraged.
These small recommended lifestyle adjustments can significantly increase the lifespan of your porcelain veneers. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Dr. Hart’s office in Richmond. The number is (804) 381-6238.
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