23 Aug 5 Tips to Take Care of Your Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are an excellent way to repair enamel damage to your teeth. External damages such as chipped, cracked, gapped and even discoloration of the enamel can easily be fixed with Dental Veneers. For chronic coffee drinkers or smokers can also rejoice in the fact that they can protect the enamel of their teeth from stains with the use of veneers. However, despite their useful nature they still need to be maintained to ensure a long-lasting smile.
Here are 5 tips to help take care of your dental veneers.
Use soft toothbrush
Having dental veneers placed means that you need to be more conscious when you brush your teeth. We recommend you use a toothbrush with soft bristles and avoid using an abrasive toothbrush that is typically provided in hotel rooms or airplane pouches as they can damage the porcelain surface of your dental veneers.
Avoid chewing hard objects
Avoid chewing on hard surfaces or materials such as ice cubes and certain types of hard candies such as jawbreakers. Some people also have a habit of chewing their pens or pencils when they’re anxious or stressed, which can damage or even crack your dental veneers. We feel that this one is obvious, but it is still worth mentioning.
Minimize grinding teeth
Grinding your teeth can often come from a force of habit, or triggered by stress or anxiety. If so, you should practice refraining grinding your teeth as it can cause serious damage to both the teeth and the dental veneer. If stopping the habit takes the time or proves to be difficult for you, then you should let your dentists know and they can issue specialized mouth guards for you to use.
Reduce alcohol consumption
Drinking too much alcohol can have a detrimental effect on the longevity of your dental veneers. Over time the alcohol can soften the bonding agents that are used to adhere the veneers to your teeth. It doesn’t mean that the veneers will come loose, but they can make it more prone to damage and discoloration. The same goes for mouthwash if possible opt for a mouthwash with zero alcohol.
Use proper toothpaste
This point goes together with our first tip of choosing the right type of toothbrush. The toothpaste has just the same impact as the toothbrush you’re using. We suggest avoiding using toothpaste that contains ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate. These ingredients can potentially erode the veneer’s surface much quicker. When in doubt, opt for the gel products over the paste.
We hope this article proved useful in helping to care for your dental veneers! If you have further questions regarding dental veneers or dental health, feel free to contact us at Rejuvie Dental Clinic.