Suggested Oral Care for Veneers

One great answer to a weak or broken smile is dental veneers. There are many dentists, including your local dental office here in Lakeview, who offer veneers as an option for cosmetic and oral care. In order to keep your veneer smile glowing for a long time, it's important to take adequate care of them. The article below explains how veneers are more fragile than regular teeth and therefore need a little extra attention. Here are their suggestions for maintaining strong and fine-looking veneers.

Techniques for Taking Care of Veneers

By Steve Thompson, Yahoo Contributor Network

Dental veneers (also called "porcelain veneers") are a common solution for discolored or broken teeth. They are essentially shells that are placed over the existing tooth, and are made of either porcelain or resin. Once you have dental veneers, however, how do you take care of them?

Dietary Restrictions for Dental Veneers

Although most dental veneers will last between 10 and 15 years, the longevity of this solution is often determined by how they are treated in your mouth. Certain foods and beverages can compromise the stability of porcelain veneers, resulting in the need for replacements.

Generally, however, the diet restrictions for dental veneers are similar to any situation in which a patient wants to maintain good oral hygiene. Any food or beverage that will stain your non-veneered teeth can also stain veneers, such as coffee, red wine and cola. Similarly, hard foods that can crack normal teeth might also crack ceramic or porcelain veneers.

When my wife got dental veneers for her lower front teeth after a car accident, her dentist suggested she chew hard foods, such as candy or bread crust, with her back teeth rather than trying to bite down with her front teeth. This can become second nature once you've lived with your porcelain veneers for a while.

Daily Oral Hygiene

Again, daily oral hygiene is as important for dental veneers as it is for purely natural teeth. According to the American Dental Association, patients with ceramic or porcelain veneers should brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day.

Additionally, those with dental veneers should visit the dentist on a regular basis for maintenance. It is a good idea to make appointments every six months, but try to go at least once a year. Your dentist will be able to spot problems and perhaps correct issues before they require replacement.

Toothpaste for Veneers

Although any toothpaste is satisfactory for people with dental veneers, it is important to use a product that won't scratch your teeth. Since veneers are often sought for cosmetic reasons, many patients are concerned about damaging porcelain veneers on the surface.

Choose toothpaste that is non-abrasive for the best results. Whitening products can help keep your smile clean and attractive, though if your toothpaste does not contain fluoride you might want to brush with a separate product once a day.

Protecting Against Damage

Dental veneers are as fragile as your normal teeth, if not more so. Therefore, when engaging in sports or other physical activity, it is important to protect your mouth to avoid damaging your dental work.

For example, you should only play contact sports if you are able to use a mouth guard for protection. This will keep falls, elbows, and accidental collisions from chipping or breaking your dental veneers.

Request a Maintenance Polish

According to, stains are often caused by foods and mouthwashes on dental veneers, and there are two ways to remedy the situation. First, Dr. Hall recommends whitening toothpaste to try and lessen or erase the stain.

If that doesn't work, however, you can ask for a maintenance polish at your cosmetic dentist. This might not remove the entire stain, but it can greatly improve the appearance of veneers without the cost of replacing them entirely.

Dental veneers are an excellent choice for many people who have broken or discolored teeth. It is important to discuss all your options with your dentist to come up with the right solution for your mouth.

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