Getting porcelain veneers to improve your smile can be life-transforming. All the cosmetic dental flaws that have haunted you for years are gone, and you can’t stop smiling at everyone you meet.
Dental veneers are incredibly thin and realistic porcelain shells that hide chipped, cracked, discolored or irregularly shaped teeth, and conceal gaps and crooked teeth. Your Boise dentist will explain how to take care of your new veneers, but it’s not that much different than what you currently do to protect your smile.
Tips for Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is essential, and you already should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing once, preferably after meals. Continue the same routine with your veneers to help keep your teeth cavity-free and prevent gingivitis from developing. Just be sure to choose a non-abrasive toothpaste to protect your veneers from scratches.
Maintain Dental Exams and Cleanings
Schedule and maintain dental exams and teeth cleanings every six months or as recommended by your Boise dentist. You’ll receive a thorough examination that includes checking the condition of your veneers and the underlying teeth to detect problems early on and nip them in the bud.
Protect Your Veneers from Teeth Grinding
If you’re a bruxer (someone who grinds their teeth), let your dentist know, if they don’t already. They will take impressions of your teeth and customize a night guard that you wear while you sleep. The night guard prevents your upper and lower teeth from meeting and minimizes the damage to your teeth caused by bruxism.
Avoid Foods that Damage Your Veneers
Dental porcelain is very strong and durable, but just like your teeth, it can chip or break when subjected to excessive force. Don’t chew on hard objects like ice, pens, or fingernails to avoid damage to your veneer.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More
Do you have veneers and need some guidance for caring for them? Are you considering veneers for the first time and need some more information before you decide?
Call Atlantis Dental Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dave Cantwell, our Boise veneers dentist. He loves helping patients maintain, improve, and enhance their smiles and would be happy to meet with you to see how we can help you.