Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the world. Dental veneers offer an easy way to improve not only the appearance of a smile, but also the overall health of teeth and gums. When cared for properly, porcelain veneers can last for up to 20 years. As your dentist in Birmingham, we want to help you look and feel your best for decades. Here are our top tips for porcelain veneers aftercare.
Oral Hygiene Is Even More Important with Porcelain Veneers
Veneers work by adhering to your natural teeth, both protecting your teeth and covering any imperfections. In order for the veneers to stay in place and look great for years, oral hygiene is more important than ever. In addition to brushing and flossing correctly, especially after eating, it is also important to avoid substances that can stain. Dark liquids, coffee, tobacco, and other staining food or beverages should ideally be avoided. If you do partake, be sure to rinse or brush thoroughly afterwards. Porcelain veneers can stain faster than natural teeth.
Be Proactive About Protecting Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are designed to be strong for years. In order to keep your veneers beautiful for decades, however, it is best to take a proactive stance against damage. Using your teeth to bite open packages or pry open containers should be avoided. Even chewing on fingernails, ice chips, or pencils can damage your veneers over time. If you participate in sports or tend to grind your teeth at night, a mouth guard can be used to protect your veneers from unnecessary wear. We can even custom design a mouth guard for your mouth so that you can sleep in total comfort.
Visit Us in Birmingham to Learn More
As your porcelain veneers specialist, we can help you understand the lifestyle changes that may be necessary to keep your porcelain veneers looking great. It is also important to continue to visit your dentist in Birmingham for regular checkups when you have veneers. If you want to learn more about the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, or you are ready to improve your smile, call Great Smiles Birmingham at our Birmingham office at 205-967-9100 or get in touch with us online. We will be happy to contact you about our porcelain veneers and how they can help protect your health.