Still can’t get over how beautiful your smile looks? If you’ve just received dental veneers recently and can’t seem to stop staring at those perfectly sculpted and pristinely white teeth in the mirror, it’s not weird at all. The transformative nature of dental veneers does take a while to get used to – in a good way! Like possibly every other thing in life though, your veneered teeth will only remain in their bright and beautiful state if you take good care of them.
Getting veneers is like buying a new car. It’s an investment that requires regular maintenance and preservation. Thankfully, modern dental restorations like porcelain veneers not only look great, they are highly robust and durable. That means for the most part, you simply take care of your veneered teeth the way you would look after your own natural teeth.
Top tips for looking after your veneers:
Oral hygiene routines still apply after getting veneers. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush at least twice a day to remove plaque build-up and stains.
Stay away from abrasive type of whitening toothpaste that may do more harm than good to your veneers. Conversely, you can try special-formulated whitening toothpaste designed for cleaning veneers – they work on stains by dissolving them without any abrasive action.
Also be gentle when flossing, especially around the gum lines, to avoid dislodging the veneers.
Chewing on hard objects – like ice cubes, pen tips, nails and hard candies – is a bad idea. These bad habits are damaging to both natural as well as veneered teeth. However, you should refrain from any intensive chewing (including gum) at all in the first 48 hours after getting your veneers applied, simply to allow time for the bonding agent to settle in.
You know the usual stain-causing suspects: Coffee, tea, gravies, soy sauce, red wine, berries and cola drinks. For a pristine set of sparkles, it’s always a good idea to steer clear of such food. Cutting down on smoking also helps to prevent yellowish stains.
If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, a mouth guard may be necessary to protect your veneers. The protective device protects your veneers from chipping due to the constant and excessive pressures caused by the sleeping disorder.
Of course, the best way to keep your veneers looking great is to have them checked and cleaned along with the rest of your mouth at a 6 monthly preventative care appointment.