One of the benefits of porcelain veneers is that they are very easy to care for. But there are a few things to be aware of that can help extend the life of your veneers.
If You Have Temporary Veneers
If you are going through the traditional porcelain veneers process, you will likely have temporary porcelain veneers. These are not as strong as your final veneers, but they’re necessary to protect your teeth while your final veneers are being prepared. Here’s how you can care for them.
If you have experienced discomfort as a result of tooth preparation, take the over-the-counter pain medications that work best for you. Some people find that ibuprofen (like Advil) or naproxen (like Aleve) work better because some discomfort is associated with swelling of the dental pulp.
For soft foods, you can bite into them with temporary veneers, but moderately crunchy to very hard foods (steak, fresh vegetables, especially carrots) should be cut up and chewed with the back teeth rather than biting with temporary veneers.
Oral Hygiene with Porcelain Veneers
To protect your porcelain veneers, you have to protect the teeth that your veneers are attached to. Make sure you brush twice daily and floss every day to prevent decay of your veneered teeth. Depending on your oral health history, we might recommend changes to your oral hygiene routine, including the use of recommended mouth rinses.
You can use regular toothpaste to brush your porcelain veneers, but you can extend the life of them by using a less abrasive toothpaste. Studies show that the glazed surface of veneers can stand up to more than 10 years of brushing with regular toothpaste, but they can last even longer with gentler toothpaste. Avoid whitening toothpastes, which often contain abrasive compounds that can scratch the surface of your veneers.
Bad Habits to Avoid
Under most normal biting and chewing situations, your porcelain veneers should hold up just fine. But your veneers weren’t designed to withstand some of the punishing things people do with their teeth.
Never chew on hard objects other than foods, such as pens and fingernails. This also includes ice cubes and hard candies, which were designed to be sucked, not chewed.
Don’t use your teeth as tools. This includes pliers, scissors, or nutcrackers. Your natural teeth weren’t designed for that, and neither were your veneers. Both can be chipped or cracked by this kind of activity.
Avoid Damaging Situations
Like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers are subject to breaking under extreme forces. It’s important to take precautions to guard your teeth when the situation might put them under undue stress. If you play sports, even noncontact sports like basketball and bicycling, wear a mouthguard.
If you have bruxism or TMJ, you should also wear a mouthguard to protect your porcelain veneers. Uneven bite forces can increase the risk of breaking your veneers by 8 times or more.
We will give you more specific care instructions after your veneers are placed, but if you want to talk about getting porcelain veneers in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 or contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.