Now that you have porcelain veneers on your teeth, the next thing to do is to maintain them well. Other than being an investment on their own, veneers improve your smile. As a dental practice providing porcelain veneers, we are committed to helping you make them last for as long as possible. Veneers can last for 20 years or longer when properly cared for. Long lasting porcelain veneers are exactly what we’d like you to have. Therefore, well-loved, trusted dentist in Edmond, OK, Dr. Kari Bender, has prepared a 4-step maintenance plan just for you. Follow these simple steps and fully maximize the lifespan of your veneers.
Keep your Teeth and Gums Clean and Healthy
You may have heard this perhaps, a thousand times, but it really is important to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Since porcelain veneers are bonded over natural teeth, one key to keeping them in good condition is to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing can help a great deal in keeping your mouth bacteria free. Taking regular deep cleaning treatments at your dentist is also an important maintenance treatment that you should take. Dental preventive care + good oral health habits = long lasting porcelain veneers.
Be Conscious of What you Eat and Bite
Porcelain veneers are made of durable materials, but they can break when constantly exposed to unnatural stresses and extreme pressures. Perfect examples of this is using your teeth to open bottles or plastic packaging, using your teeth to unlock objects and habits like fingernail biting and ice chewing. Doing these habits frequently can wear and tear your porcelain veneers fast. Avoid these habits, so that your veneers can reach or exceed their intended lifespan.
Be conscious about the type of foods that you eat as well. Hard textured foods like candy apples and nutty caramels may require you to exert more biting pressure than you normally do. Thus, it is best to stick to a healthy, balanced diet that includes sufficient amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables. Consider the texture of your food choices and how it affects the longevity of your veneers.
Consider Wearing a Mouth Guard
Using a mouth guard is an important part of veneer maintenance, most especially if you engage in contact sports or if you habitually clench or grind your teeth. Sports activities like soccer, basketball, boxing and hockey are a few of the contact sports that can result in potential trauma that can pose a lot of damage to your mouth, teeth and veneers. As porcelain veneers are an investment, offer them the best protection that you can give. Wearing a mouth guard during sleep or during a sports activity, can offer that extra layer of protection for your porcelain veneers.
Visit your Dentist Regularly
This is very important because the dentist needs to monitor your porcelain veneers and your oral health. He/she will see potential problems and act on these problems as soon as possible. Dental visits every 6 months contribute so much to long lasting porcelain veneers.
For quality, skillfully-placed porcelain veneers, Creative Edge Dentistry is the place to visit. Dr. Kari Bender is not only committed to providing you the best in service, but she is also a caring and gentle dentist. Your oral health and happy smiles are always a top priority. Schedule your office visit online or give us a call at (405) 341-9351(405) 341-9351.
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