Dental veneers have the remarkable ability to transform a smile from dull and broken to strong and radiant. With proper care, they can be expected to last 10-15 years. But what exactly does “proper care” really mean when it comes to dental veneers?
Here are a few tips courtesy of Nashua Family Dentistry on how to maintain your dental veneers and ensure they last for as long as possible. Take a look and then give us a call at 603-546-7460 to request your next appointment in Nashua, NH.
Brush, Floss, and Rinse Correctly
Cleaning your teeth incorrectly is almost as bad as not cleaning your teeth at all. Dental veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth, hiding them from sight. But your natural teeth still need your attention. Even with dental veneers, you are still at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. To prevent these oral health issues, you should make sure you brush, floss, and rinse correctly.
Use a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush to clean all the surfaces of your teeth. That includes your veneers and the exposed sections of your natural teeth. Don’t forget the hard-to-reach areas like the backside of your teeth and your molars in the back of your mouth.
After we place your veneers, Dr. Kiehl or one of our dental team members will show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth to avoid putting too much pressure on your veneers. This is especially important when flossing, because you want to clean in between each of your teeth and at the gum line, but you don’t want to chip or crack your veneers. It’s important to floss every day, but do so with caution. Then, finish cleaning your mouth by rinsing with mouthwash.
Think Twice About What You Eat & Drink
Dental veneers are stain-resistant, but their color can still be dulled by certain foods and drinks. To make sure your veneers stay as white as possible, minimize your consumption of soft drinks, coffee, tea, and other things that can stain your teeth.
If you do consume these types of foods or drinks, rinse your mouth with water afterward, and then brush your teeth when you can to prevent staining.
Say Goodbye to Tobacco
Tobacco products like cigarettes and chewing tobacco are not only bad for your overall health, but they can reduce the lifespan of your veneers. They can also affect the color of your veneers, causing them to go from a bright white to a dull yellow. If you need another reason to quit smoking, let your veneers act as motivation.
See Your Dentist Every Six Months
In addition to the above cosmetic dentistry tips on how to prolong the life of your dental veneers, remember to see your dentist at least every six months. Regular checkups and cleanings will not only help your veneers last longer, but they will help you maintain your oral health.