Tips for Taking Care of Your Veneers

You’ve been through a lot to get that picture perfect smile with veneers so make sure you know how to take care of them. Veneers are affixed to the front of damaged teeth to improve your tooth’s appearance. Your cosmetic dentistry doctor probably removed a very small amount of tooth enamel before bonding the veneer in place so it looks completely natural. However, you need to take steps to protect your veneers so that they don’t become damaged or pull away from the affixed teeth.

Here are some essential tips for taking care of your veneers:

  1. Continue with your brushing and flossing routine. Your veneers need to be taken care of just like your regular teeth so don’t skip your brushing and flossing routine. Invest in a high-quality toothbrush and toothpaste, and floss regularly to keep your teeth as clean as possible.
  2. Avoid sticky foods. Sticky foods such as toffee, hard caramels, and harder foods like peanut brittle that require extra chewing, can cause damage to your teeth and your veneers. Eliminate these foods from your diet so you don’t end up needing another tooth restoration procedure.
  3. Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol can dissolve the bonding or composite materials that are holding the veneers in place. Avoid excessive alcohol intake and also stop using mouthwash that contains alcohol.
  4. Wear a mouth guard if you grind your teeth. If you tend to grind your teeth or clench your jaws while you sleep, make sure you wear a mouth guard at night to avoid putting too much stress on your teeth. This can increase the life of your veneers considerably and also protect your new smile.
  5. Use fluoride toothpaste before bedtime. Fluoride-infused toothpastes can help to strengthen your teeth and veneers. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste before bedtime every night to increase the life of your veneers.