Making the big decision to go through one of the more involved cosmetic dentistry procedures getting veneers – is an investment and like all others, it’s important to protect your investment. Veneers are strong. They’re made of porcelain and they’re intended to last for the long haul. These rules are applicable for caring for and protecting your regular teeth, as well.
We at Parkcrest Dental Group want to help with that. We’ve constructed a list of important ways to care for your veneers and protect your smile from damage.
Be Disciplined with Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Brushing well twice a day and flossing daily sounds simple enough, but we all know how easy it is to skip steps or shortchange the process. It’s important to remain diligent with your oral hygiene routine and not cut corners. Brush thoroughly along your gum line and around every tooth.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool
Sometimes it seems downright necessary to use your teeth to tear open a package or bite your nails – resist the urge. It may be irritating to try and break the habit at first, but after a while, your mind will be re-trained and your teeth – and/or veneers – will thank you.
A number of tooth fractures occur when eating foods or candies without awareness of how rough you’re being on your teeth. Whether it’s chicken on a bone or a hard piece of candy, chewing carelessly is like a landmine for your teeth. Be conscious of the way that you’re eating and whether or not there’s a safer way to do it.
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Use a Mouth Guard
When it comes to contact sports and vigorous activities, a mouth guard will provide your teeth with the protection that they need from flying elbows, knees, shoulders or heads. This is a precaution that may seem unnecessary, but if you chip or break your veneer, you’ll immediately be in a state of deep regret for not protecting your mouth.
Avoid Food, Drinks, and Habits That Stain
Your cosmetic dentistry procedure yielded you a veneer that was tailored to suit your smile, from the shape of the veneer to the color and translucency. Practice moderation with foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee and red wine. If you’re a smoker, maybe now is a good time to quit.
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Keep Regular Cosmetic Dentistry Appointments
Regular cleanings and checkups at your cosmetic dentistry office to help maintain proper oral health will ensure that your veneers will endure through the years. At Parkcrest Dental Group, we take great pride in the high-quality cosmetic dentistry procedures and services that we offer; you can protect your veneers by staying on track and scheduling your cosmetic dentistry check-up with us every six months.