Just like with our natural teeth, dental implants or any dental solution or device, the more the patient cares for it, the longer it can last. We want our porcelain veneers to provide that gorgeous and flawless luster for as long as possible, as well remain a healthy solution to “unhealthy” or chipped teeth.
Stay Away from Foods/ Drinks that Stain Teeth
There are so many harmful substances that we can ingest with properties that tend to stain or alter the coloration of the teeth. Patients that lack good dental hygiene and health are tinting their dentin, not even enamel, which takes healthy eating and deep cleaning agents to whiten. These substances would include coffee, tea, soda, red wine, and cigarettes mainly, however, certain fruits like blueberries and beets could also create this effect on teeth.
Avoid Chewing Inedible Objects
Sometimes we start nervous habits like chewing on pencils or ice to cope with stress in our daily lives, but these types of objects can potentially cause harm to the physical structure and health of our teeth. Did your mom ever tell you not to eat the ice? Well, she is right. Ice can chip or bruise the teeth which affects the enamel coating over the dentin in our teeth. Once the dentin in the teeth have been contacted, the patient’s risk of develop tooth decay can significantly increase. It is best to avoid chewing on anything that should not be ingested.
Floss and Brush Daily
It is always important to maintain whatever type of teeth we have in our mouths, whether they are our own or artificial. Porcelain veneers should be brush twice daily and flossed at least twice daily. Although patients cannot decay the porcelain material, dental and oral neglect can result in gum infection and disease over time. It is also very important that patients visit us at least twice a year to regulate their dental health with the Porcelain Veneers in.
Wear a Mouth Guard During Sports
Patients that choose to utilize the beneficial properties of porcelain veneers need to protect them with mouth guards throughout the duration of athletic activities. Although the material is quite durable and dense, porcelain veneers can still be bumped with physical contact which could result in a large inconvenience for the patient. This is why we suggest professional athletes receive porcelain veneers toward or at the end of their career to reduce the chance of altering their fit in the mouth.
Wear a Night Guard at Night
Some patients suffer from what is known as bruxism, which is the teeth grinding disorder that patients tend to initiate when dealing with stressful situations. Bruxism can lead to unhealthy teeth that are chipped or bruised and become more susceptible to tooth decay or even tooth loss. Night guards can protect the patient from making contact between the upper and lower layers of teeth and reduce their tendency of clenching the jaw.
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Now that patients have learned the proper ways to maintain their porcelain veneer health and hygiene, they should be able to exercise this dental solution for years to come. Porcelain veneers deserve respect and the time to care for them, which is what we suggest patients provide after investing in them. If you are interested in receiving porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Griffin at (843) 606-6099.