Patients in Langley, BC are learning how easy it is to care and maintain their porcelain veneers!
Are you aware that veneers, invented in 1928, were created for the primary role of enhancing the appearance of stage and film actors’ teeth? As time passed, the process of veneer placement was perfected and, by the time 1982 came around, they could be bonded permanently to teeth. Porcelain veneers, incredibly thin and natural looking porcelain shells, are manufactured for hiding imperfections of teeth. These can include cracks, chips, irregular shape, discoloration, gaps and crookedness. In just two visits, Dr. Harpreet Aulakh and the team at Smile 365 Dental in Langley, BC can revamp and enhance your smile using this simple, yet incredible, technology.
Require no special care!
As with any dental procedure, porcelain veneers present their own set of pros and cons when a patient is deciding on if they are right for them. A very common concern pertains to maintenance and if porcelain veneers are easy to care for to ensure they last for many years. But before you go grab a pen and pencil, let’s start with the good news … porcelain veneers require no special care! It’s truly amazing that a solution which can completely transform your smile requires no major adjustments to your daily oral hygiene routine. When your dentist applies the porcelain veneers, he or she will have special recommendations of their own, but it will be of no surprise if you are just told to continue caring for your teeth as you always have.
Just because porcelain veneers require no special treatment does not mean that you do not have to maintain them. In order to clean, protect and maintain your porcelain veneers, here are some very simple steps to follow:
- Brush your teeth twice daily or, ideally, after each meal
- Floss once a day or, ideally, after each meal
- Rinse with a mouthwash daily
These tips just sound like what your dentist has always told you regarding caring for your teeth. That is because, again, veneers require no additional care. Treat them as you would your natural teeth. Don’t be afraid of brushing and flossing your veneers. They can take the pressure! Just make sure you are using a non-abrasive toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Inadvertently, through caring for your veneers, your overall oral health should remain excellent.
And that’s important because you want to avoid any gum disease that could cause your gums to recede Treat them as you would your natural teeth. Don’t be afraid of brushing and flossing your veneers. They can take the pressure! Just make sure you are using a non-abrasive toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles. Inadvertently, through caring for your veneers, your overall oral health should remain excellent. And that’s important because you want to avoid any gum disease that could cause your gums to recede and expose the tops of your veneers. If you have any questions about your oral hygiene habits, make sure and give your dentist a call.
Veneers and bruxism
For patients who suffer from bruxism, make sure that your dentist is aware if they are not so already. Bruxism places a tremendous amount of pressure on your teeth due to the continuous grinding and that can cause damage to your beautiful veneers. To avoid this, your dentist will very likely recommend you wear a mouth guard to minimize this stress placed on the teeth while you are sleeping. Don’t let bruxism prevent you from getting veneers. Many who suffer from it have a very successful relationship with veneers. The extra step of getting a mouth guard will most likely be all that is needed.
Habits to avoid with veneers
There may be no special care necessary to maintain veneers, but there are several habits that should be avoided. Veneers may be incredibly durable, but they still are not as strong as your natural teeth. It is highly recommended that you do not chew on hard objects including pencils, nails, ice, etc. Doing so could cause your veneers to chip.
Additionally, you would be doing yourself a huge favor by avoiding stain-causing foods in your diet. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant but, just like your regular teeth, will eventually stain with prolonged exposure to food and drink such as coffee, tea, dark sodas, red wine, etc. Also, smoking and other tobacco products, besides being a risk to your overall health, will also stain your veneers.
If you are interested in obtaining further info on porcelain veneers, you should give Dr. Harpreet Aulakh and the team at Smile 365 Dental in Langley, BC a call today to set up an appointment. They can be reached at (604) 409-8660.