Tips to care for Veneers
As you may already know, veneers are a popular dental procedure, often carried out to improve the appearance of the teeth. They are thin, usually made from porcelain, and tooth colored, designed to bond to the teeth to alter their length, color, shape or size.
Designed to blend in seamlessly with the natural teeth, veneers are often administered following root canals, to treat chipped or broken teeth, to treat misaligned teeth or to close the space between wide-gapped teeth, among other reasons.
The benefits of veneers are plentiful - they last for up to 10 years, porcelain is stain resistant, they do not irritate the gums and, above all, they look natural and help improve appearance when done correctly. With that being said, there are also a lot of questions surrounding veneers. For instance, do they require any kind of special care compared to the natural teeth? Are they easily chipped or broken? Do I have to avoid eating certain foods?
The answer, for the most part, is "no."
Caring for Veneers: 101
As we hinted at in the above section, veneers really don't require any special kind of care compared to the natural teeth. In fact, most dentists just recommend that those with veneers follow the same good oral health habits that are recommended to all - brush at least twice a day and floss at least once per day. Specifically, it is recommended that patients with veneers brush with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. It's best to brush once in the morning after waking up and then right before bed, although brushing after each meal isn't a bad habit to get into either.
While caring for veneers is easy to do at home, regular return trips to the dentist will have to be arranged following their placement. For instance, a week after placement, you'll have to see the dentist for a checkup to make sure that the mouth is accepting them properly. Other regular return trips are also in order following this initial one, which may involve polishing the porcelain material with a non-abrasive paste to maintain their appearance. Your dentist will also be on the lookout for other things, too. For example, if it's discovered that you grind or clench your teeth at night, you may be fitted with a bite guard to wear as you sleep, as this sort of behavior can cause the veneers to wear or crack prematurely. Your dentist may also recommend that you stay away from eating hard, crunchy foods to minimize the risk of cracking or breaking. For the most part, however, these are very minor inconveniences.
As you can see, veneers are somewhat low-risk, high-reward. Not only do they look great, but they are able to correct a variety of common dental problems. Unlike other corrective dental procedures, there's also very minor care required to ensure veneers look good and stay intact for the five to 10 years that they're projected to last. For more information on veneers, how to care for them and whether or not you may be a good candidate for them, contact Caven Dental today.
April 02, 2015 | by Richard Caven