Getting dental fillings at a dentist’s appointment is not an uncommon occurrence. This is an effective way to treat cavities and make a tooth whole once more. While fillings do a good job of sealing a tooth, they do not last forever. Eventually, your filling will start to wear away. When this happens, your dentist…
How to Take Care of Dental Veneers
A skilled dentist can install dental veneers that last for decades. That is only half of the equation, however. The other half is excellent care of the restoration on the part of the patient.
Taking care of dental veneers makes a lot of sense, seeing that a person invests their time, energy and money in their smile. That is why a cosmetic dentist will always give useful tips that help their patients to prolong the life of their veneers.
The different types of dental veneers
Composite veneers are affordable and convenient, in that a cosmetic dentist will sculpt, cure and install such veneers in a single procedure. Many patients prefer a quick fix that creates a nice smile after a single session in the dentist’s chair. That said, composite veneers have a few drawbacks.
Compared to other dental materials, composite is vulnerable to staining. Composite veneers are also less sturdy, which translates into a shorter lifespan. It bears mentioning that composite veneers will last 10 years or more.
Porcelain veneers are tougher and more durable than composite resin. As materials go, porcelain mimics the sheen, translucency and feel of natural teeth. This type of veneer is also more stain resistant. For these reasons, cosmetic dentists will generally recommend porcelain as a first choice. There are many types of porcelain veneers and a cosmetic dentist will walk their patients through the benefits and downsides of each one.
The dentist will also advise their patient on the best way to take care of their brand new veneers, starting with:
Oral hygiene and oral health
A dental veneer is only as healthy as the mouth it sits in. A person who observes good oral habits ensures the health of their mouth, their teeth and the veneers that sit on said teeth. By observing good nutrition and good oral hygiene, a person who wears veneers ensures that:
- Their teeth remain strong and healthy enough to anchor a set of veneers
- The veneers retain their pearly-white color because even porcelain veneers can develop stains
No amount of brushing and flossing can counter constant exposure to cigarette smoke, coffee, red wine and other heavily colored substances. As such, a person who has veneers in their mouth should avoid food and drink that could discolor their veneers.
Protecting dental veneers from damage
Dental restorations are tough and durable, but not indestructible. This should always inform how an individual treats their veneers. Here is how to keep veneers intact and in place:
- A person who grinds their teeth should invest in a mouthguard and stress relief measures
- A mouthguard is also a good idea during sports
- The wearer of dental veneers should stay away from chewy or sticky foods that could loosen their veneers
- They should also use toothpaste that will not dissolve the adhesive that bonds the veneer and the tooth
- The person should avoid hard foods that could break or fracture their veneers
By observing a few simple rules, a patient can ensure that their veneers last at least a decade. With excellent care, dental veneers can last even a lifetime, giving a good return on investment.
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