Porcelain veneers effectively address a wide range of tooth imperfections. It is not a surprise to find many patients inquiring about it and taking this treatment to improve their smiles. But what happens after taking your porcelain veneers? What are the necessary steps to ensure their longevity? Top cosmetic dentist in Myrtle Beach, SC, Dr. John Rearden, shares helpful tips on how to properly maintain your porcelain veneers. With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for 20 years or even more.
Proper and Regular Brushing and Flossing Are Essential for Decay Prevention
Brushing and flossing on a regular basis prevents the buildup of plaque, thus, avoiding tooth decay. Dr. Rearden advises you to brush immediately after eating. If this is not possible, brushing at least 3 times a day helps in preventing plaque buildup and decay formation on your teeth. He also encourages you to brush your teeth the right way. Brushing must take at least 2 minutes so the teeth are entirely rid of plaque. Dr. Rearden stresses that while decay cannot penetrate porcelain veneers, your underlying tooth and gums remain vulnerable to bacteria. Therefore, brushing and flossing are essential daily habits that you should do to keep veneers in excellent condition.
Regular Deep Cleaning Treatments Effectively Remove Hardened Plaque
Food debris that has stuck on hard-to-brush areas of your teeth can be effectively removed by deep cleaning treatment or oral prophylaxis. The dentist uses various instruments and techniques to soften plaque and remove them from your teeth. Oral prophylaxis is a thorough cleaning treatment that you need to take every six months. This hampers the growth of bacteria and keeps your teeth and gums squeaky clean. Healthy teeth are essential for long lasting porcelain veneers.
Avoid Unnatural Stresses if Possible
Fingernail biting, ice chewing, eating candy apples and using your teeth as a tool to unlock or open things, places unnatural stress on your porcelain veneers. While veneers are designed for durability, they are not entirely impervious to damage. Avoid unnatural stress if at all possible. Be conscious of food texture and the things that you bite or chew. Porcelain veneers can last very long under normal biting pressure.
A Mouth Guard Can be Used as a Protective Shield for your Teeth
A mouth guard is a recommended appliance for patients who regularly engage in contact sports and for those who habitually clench or grind their teeth. The mouth guard shields your teeth and porcelain veneers from the extreme pressure of bruxism (teeth grinding) and from potential trauma. Accidents can happen when you play soccer, basketball and hockey or when you skate around the block. Consider using a mouth guard, so your veneers won’t get damaged if and when an accident occurs.
Visit Village Family Dental for Regular Checkups
The dentist knows what’s best for your teeth and gums. Periodic dental checkups often translate to healthy teeth. Since healthy teeth are essential for long lasting veneers, a visit to the dentist is one maintenance step that you should do. Remember this equation. Good oral care habits + professional dental care = a beautiful, lasting smile with porcelain veneers.
For more information about porcelain veneer maintenance, visit us at Village Family Dental. You may schedule your office visit online for hassle-free appointment scheduling.
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