Making the Most Out of Your Porcelain Veneers

eating apples with veneersPorcelain veneers are an exceptional cosmetic option to upgrade your smile. They can even change your face shape, making your cheekbones and lips look fuller.

Not to mention, having straight teeth will make your face more proportioned. Beyond the cosmetic benefits, veneers can also alleviate tooth sensitivity.

One of the great things about porcelain veneers is that they’re as sturdy as your real teeth, if you maintain them. However, things that damage your natural teeth can also damage your veneers. Veneers can persist anywhere from five to twelve years. If you take care of your veneers, they can last up to twenty years.

To make the most out of your porcelain veneers, you need to maintain exceptional oral health by brushing and flossing twice daily. It’s also imperative that you go to your dentist for routine cleanings, ensuring that there isn’t decay under your veneer or gum recession from gingivitis. Beyond routine oral care, you should be wary of what you put in your mouth.

Pay Attention to Bite Force

Part of maintaining your veneers means paying attention to what you put in your mouth.  Here are tips to ensure your treatment lasts a long time:

  • Be careful with hard foods. Veneers shouldn’t break under normal bite force. In theory, you shouldn’t have a problem biting into foods like apples, carrots or hard bread. However, if your veneers are on your front teeth, you should be wary of putting all of the pressure on your front teeth.

    When you rip food off cores or chew meat from bones, it can put a lot of force between the veneer and the existing tooth. With that being said, you should use your back teeth when biting into harder food. Be careful when eating chicken legs, lamb of legs, or any meat from the bone. Stay away from chewing on hard candy or ice with veneers, these foods are known to crack real teeth and veneers.

  • Don’t use your teeth as tools. It might be tempting to use your brand new porcelain teeth to open up lids, open wrappers, bite fingernails, or bite your fishing line in half. You shouldn’t do these things with your real teeth, so don’t do them with veneers. Putting excess stress on your veneers can cause chips and breaks.
  • Have an even bite. It’s important that your bite is lined up before getting veneers. Otherwise, there is a higher possibility of breaking under normal pressure. If you have a deep overbite or end-to-end bite (when your top and bottom teeth close in line with one another), they will need to be treated before getting veneers.
  • Don’t grind at night. One of the most common causes of veneer failure is grinding and clinching your teeth at night. Grinding your teeth at night can whittle your real teeth down to stumps and chip your porcelain veneer. To keep your veneer in solid shape, sleep with a night guard. If your dentist notices you have bruxism before doing the veneer treatment, they’ll probably recommend having a special mouth guard made. The better your mouth guard fits, the more effective it will be at protecting those pearly whites.

More Pros than Cons

While veneers aren’t wholly maintenance-free, the positives tend to outweigh the cons. For one, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, so you wouldn’t need to worry about getting tooth whitening treatments. With veneers, you can drink all the coffee and wine that your heart desires without worrying about unsightly stains.

They can cover up unsightly chips and match the color of your other teeth. Veneers can enhance your smile, improve your self-confidence, and change your crooked and discolored teeth into a Hollywood smile. Ask the professionals at Advanced Dental Center of Florence if you’d be a good candidate for porcelain veneers.