Porcelain veneers are a thin layers of porcelain that are placed over a teeth to improve the aesthetics of a smile and/or protect the tooth’s surface from damage. They are generally low maintenance and can last up to 15 years.

To get the longest lifespan out of your veneers, here are a few tips to caring for your veneers:

The Do’s

  • Do practice good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing everyday.
  • Do use a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste that will gently polish your veneers instead of scratch the surface of the veneers, making them look dull.
  • Do visit your dentist twice a year for him/her to check for any signs of decay and any damage to your veneers.
  • Do wear a mouthguard during sports to protect your teeth and veneers.

The Don’ts

  • Don’t grind or clench your teeth, as the habit can damage your veneers, as well as damage your teeth and cause jaw pain.
  • Don’t bite your nails or chew on hard objects as the pressure exerted on your porcelain veneers from chewing on these objects will cause them to chip and crack.
  • Don’t consume large amounts of foods and drinks that could stain your veneers. Beverages to avoid include coffee, tea, and red wine. Foods to avoid include blueberries, beets and curry.
  • Don’t smoke as it can discolor your veneers and cause a variety of other dental health issues.

For more information on how to best care for your porcelain veneers or to have a dental checkup to ensure your veneers have not sustained any damage, schedule an appointment at Trevor Smith Dental.