If you just recently had porcelain veneers put in your mouth, your next job is to make sure that you are taking proper care of your new smile. Here are three tips that will help you take great care of your porcelain veneers.
#1 Watch What You Eat
Now that you have porcelain veneers, you need to be more careful about what you eat. Although porcelain veneers are designed to not stain that easily, there are still some foods that can stain your new smile. You are going to want to stay away from drinks and foods that have really strong colors, such as red wine, beets, berries, coffee and tea. All of these foods and drinks have the potential to stain your new smile. If you do eat or drink these items, make sure that you follow up by brushing your teeth right after.
#2 Quit Bad Habits
Second, if you have bad habits that harm your teeth, you are going to need to work towards overcoming these habits so that you can preserve the integrity of your teeth. For example, smoking can leave your teeth nicely stained if you smoke multiple cigarettes every day. Additionally, smoking all the time can compromise the integrity of the overall health of your teeth and gums.
Another bad habit that can damage your porcelain veneers is chewing on none food items. For example, if you bite your nails, this can wear down and damage your porcelain veneers. Or, if you have a habit of chewing on the ends of pens and/or pencils all day, that could also damage your veneers after a while. Curbing these habits is a great way to protect your teeth.
#3 Get Your Veneers Polished On A Regular Basis
Finally, you should also get your veneers polished on a regular basis. It is as good idea to get your veneers polished every three to six months. This is a procedure that can be performed by your dentist. Your dentist will use special equipment to clean and polish your veneers. Your dentist will also clean your surrounding teeth at the same time. This will help maintain the color and health of your veneers and your teeth.
If you have new veneers, be careful about what you eat, work on stopping bad habits that harm your teeth and make sure that you get your veneers polished and cleaned on a regular basis to maintain their shine and integrity.
For more information, talk to a professional like Leo Uicker DDS.