For a total smile makeover, porcelain veneers are often the most popular option because they mask many flaws such as stained, gapped, and chipped teeth. In fact, many A-list celebrities have benefited from the flawless yet natural-looking improvements veneers offer.
After receiving a smile makeover with porcelain veneers, many patients wonder how best to preserve their new smile. Because veneers are made from porcelain, they are durable and long-lasting but not entirely immune to wear and tear. Just like natural teeth, they can chip or break under excessive force and stain from exposure to dark foods and drinks. Fortunately, your cosmetic dentist provides easy-to-follow tips for increasing the longevity of your veneers so that you can enjoy your new, beautiful smile for years to come.
Made from very thin pieces of customized porcelain, veneers closely resemble the appearance and function of teeth. However, patients should be careful when chewing and tearing food. Veneers are most vulnerable to the twisting motions involved with tearing food. For example, biting into an apple or a piece of steak can chip or break a veneer if done improperly. Instead of biting into tough foods like an apple directly, consider cutting your food into small pieces to reduce force used on incisors and canines at the front of the mouth.
Patients with porcelain veneers should avoid biting hard objects such as pen caps as well. Biting down on objects other than food can affect the longevity of veneers. While porcelain will not decay like natural teeth, patients can still develop cavities—especially at the backsides of teeth. Patients are strongly encouraged to floss and brush their teeth meticulously. When brushing teeth and veneers, patients should avoid using abrasive toothpaste and hard-bristled brushes as it can affect the glaze that protects porcelain from staining and dulling.
For questions or to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Sousa, call our office to reserve your appointment. Contact us at 516-484-6600 today.