February 11, 2019
When you get teeth veneers, you’ll be so pleased with how your smile looks that you’ll want to keep your veneers – and your smile – beautiful as long as you possibly can. Fortunately, it’s not hard. We use porcelain and zirconia for our veneers. Both materials resist staining and are highly durable. Most patients wear them for decades.
Still, there are some things you can do to take good care of your teeth veneers. Check out our advice here on brushing your veneers and other care tips. If you have any questions, call Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC today at 828-355-5673.
Gentle Brushing Is Best for Teeth Veneers
Whether or not you have teeth veneers, you should brush twice a day and floss regularly. It’s best to choose a toothpaste and toothbrush that won’t be too hard on your veneers. A gel toothpaste is ideal, as it’s less abrasive than a paste. Steer clear of toothpastes that contain hydrogen peroxide and/or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as they are too abrasive. They can scratch the surfaces of your veneers, leaving them looking dull.
Always use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid scratching your teeth veneers. (A soft toothbrush is better for your teeth without veneers too!) You may want to consider an electric toothbrush, as it will help you maintain even pressure as you’re brushing your teeth. It’s especially important to be gentle when brushing around your gums. Overly vigorous brushing can cause gums to recede and possibly expose the edge of your veneers.
When flossing, consider using floss made of polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE), the same material used in Gore-Tex fabrics. It will slide more easily between your teeth than waxed floss and won’t shred as easily as regular nylon floss. One popular brand of PTFE floss is Glide Pro Health from Oral B.
Try These 5 Tips to Keep Veneers in Top Condition
Though your teeth veneers are durable, they aren’t indestructible. To keep them looking their best, you should avoid behaviors that can damage them. Follow our five suggestions:
- Don’t chew on hard objects like popcorn kernels or ice.
- Don’t use teeth for tasks like opening a bottle or other containers.
- If you participate in sports, do wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. We can measure you for a custom mouthguard that will fit perfectly.
- Do get a night guard if you grind your teeth. This habit can badly damage teeth, with or without veneers. Again, Dr. Airey can take impressions of your teeth and use them to make a custom night guard. It will stop you from grinding.
- If possible, do rinse your mouth after consuming coffee or other foods or drinks that can stain.
Regular Dental Cleanings Keep Teeth Veneers Looking Great
Regular dental exams are even more important when you have teeth veneers. Our professional cleanings will help keep them looking terrific. Plus we can often fix minor issues like small chips or deterioration in the bond between your veneers and your teeth. It’s especially important to keep your gums healthy. Receding gums may expose the edge of your teeth veneers. If you notice any kind of staining or roughness in the area where your veneers meet your gums, bring it to our attention.
Ready to find out more about teeth veneers? Call Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC at 828-355-5673.