Since their introduction in the 1980s veneers have quickly become one of the most popular elective dental procedures. It’s not surprising; this innovative treatment allows your cosmetic dentist to enhance your smile by covering up stains, mild orthodontic imperfections, and structural flaws. If you are considering this treatment at our Memphis practice, you may be wondering about porcelain veneers aftercare. Fortunately, veneers are very easy to care for, and most of your aftercare will simply involve routine dental maintenance. However, by making just a few small adjustments to your regular dental care, you can extend the lifespan of your veneers.
While Waiting for Your Custom Fabricated Veneers
When you choose porcelain veneers, you will typically have two appointments with Dr. van Zyl. At your first appointment, you will discuss your cosmetic goals, and the dentist will show you a wax up of your final results. Then he will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth, create impressions of your teeth, and send the impressions to a dental lab, where technicians will custom create your veneers. While you wait for these restorations, Dr. van Zyl will provide you with temporary veneers. Although they look great, it is important to remember that they are temporary. You should avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods to protect these short-term enhancements. You may also find that your teeth are more sensitive, and you should avoid extreme changes in temperature until you get your permanent veneers.
Long Term Care
With proper care, your dental veneers can last for decades to come. For the most part, caring for your porcelain veneers simply means practicing good dental hygiene. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, which helps to strengthen dental enamel and fight against decay. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush, since hard bristles can harm the polish and lifelike sheen of porcelain veneers. You should also floss at least once a day, using long, gliding movements. Of course, it is always important to schedule your biannual visit with your dentist. Not only can the dentist check for signs of decay; he or she can also check your veneers and make any necessary repairs.
Porcelain is quite stain resistant, but the dental resin used to hold veneers in place is still susceptible to discoloration. To keep your veneers looking white and healthy, you should avoid foods like berries and tomato sauce, as well as drinks such as coffee and red wine. When you do enjoy them, do so in moderation, and be sure to rinse out your mouth afterwards.
Finally, you should be careful not to damage your veneers. Dental porcelain is very durable, but it is not quite as strong as your natural teeth. If you grind your teeth or clinch your jaw, ask Dr. van Zyl about a mouth guard. Wearing a protective device at night can help to prevent chips or cracks in your veneers. You should also avoid habits like chewing your nails or biting your pencil, as these habits can also damage your veneers.
Interested in Porcelain Veneers?
With proper care, veneers can enhance your smile for years to come. To learn more about this treatment or to schedule your appointment with Dr. van Zyl, call our office today.