Caring for your porcelain veneers is easy. You will mostly use the same techniques as you would for your own natural teeth with a few differences. Dr. Friess and his team will instruct you on procedures for caring for your veneers before you leave, but here are some tips.
Important tips include:
- Fracturing: Your dental veneers are strong, but they are made of porcelain, so they can break. You should avoid strenuous biting with your dental veneers, for instance biting into pistachio nut shells, steak, caramel apples, or nibbling on bones may not be the best idea. Use common sense, and know that though your veneers are durable, they are not immune to breaking.
- Staining: Your dental veneers can stain. Foods that can stain your natural teeth can stain your veneers. These stains should be able to be removed through brushing and/or by the dental hygienist through polishing.
- Scratching: Your dental veneers are subject to scratches. Think of your porcelain kitchen sink, it is very durable, and is put through a lot of use, but it is subject to scratches, so you treat it with care. Your dental veneers are also veneers and therefore can scratch if not treated with care.
- Oral Hygiene: The at home care for your veneers is very similar to caring for your own natural teeth. You can floss and brush as normal, just be aware that your brush and toothpaste are not abrasive. Most teeth-whitening toothpastes are abrasive, so look for more gentle toothpastes and a soft bristled brush.
For more information on caring for your dental veneers, contact Hearthstone Dental at our Salem, OR office: 971-600-2006