When you get porcelain veneers from your dentist in State College, you can rest assured they will do exactly what they’re supposed to: provide a long-lasting beautiful smile.
Yes, it’s true that veneers are thin covers of dental porcelain that are meant to last your smile years, but to guarantee those results, you must care for them properly. With good maintenance, you can enjoy the dependability, functionality and cosmetic appeal of porcelain veneers for years to come!
Here are 5 helpful tips to help patients get the most out of their porcelain veneers.
1. You must maintain excellent oral hygiene.
Keeping your teeth and gums clean is very important if you want your veneers to last. Good oral hygiene means keeping your teeth and gums healthy—there’s no way you can do that by just brushing your teeth. Here are some ways to optimize your oral hygiene routine:
- Brush after eating.
- Floss before going to sleep.
- Brush and floss the right way.
- Schedule deep cleaning treatments regularly.
Keep in mind that while veneers aren’t directly affected by tooth decay, but your underlying natural tooth remains susceptible to damage from dental bacteria. By keeping good oral hygiene, your natural teeth underneath your veneers will stay healthy and stable.
2. Your teeth aren’t scissors.
Using your teeth as a tool to open things is never a great idea for your natural smile, but especially not when you’ve had dental work like porcelain veneers. Opening bottles, nuts and plastic packaging with your teeth place your veneers under extreme pressure that they’re not created for. This unnecessary wear and tear can possibly damage your new smile.
3. Protect your new smile by wearing a mouthguard.
This is especially important to athletes or anyone who lives an active lifestyle. Ask your dentist about custom athletic mouthguards for sporting events. If you have a bad habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, consider using a mouth guard while you sleep.
4. Avoid Food and Beverages that Can Stain your Veneers
One of the advantages of porcelain veneers is being stain resistant because of their high-quality material. However, let’s not push its limits.
If you drink wine or coffee regularly they could become permanent on your veneers. It is best to prevent this from happening. Indulge in food and drinks that have the tendency to stain only on special occasions. Rinse your mouth afterward too, so that any stain is immediately removed.
5. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Your State College dentist will be able to monitor your veneers, teeth and gums, check for potential dental issues. Not to mention, everyone loves that fresh feeling they get after a professional deep cleaning from their dentist.
Regular dental visits are the best way to preventing damages before they ever happen. Dental visits every 6 months should be enough for the dentist to properly care for your teeth, gums, and veneers.
No matter which flaws you wish to cover, your dentist is here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams and maintain it.
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Devlin was inspired by his childhood orthodontist to become a dentist and enjoys making his patients smile. “It’s amazing being a dentist today. The materials and technology we have now are so much better than even 10 years ago. We can do things today we couldn’t dream of when I graduated Dental School”. If you desperately want to make permanent changes to your smile, consider calling and speaking with expert dentist Dr. Devlin!