Posted on 10/30/2019 by Cheryl
|Porcelain veneers help to recreate the expression of real teeth while adding strength and security to the underlying tooth surface. In order to maintain your veneers looking perfect for many ages, the choicest work you can do is to work at good oral hygiene. This will not only lengthen the course of your veneers but also keep your mouth healthy.
Even though porcelain veneers do not decay, there are nevertheless parts of the teeth that may be exposed and be at risk for deterioration. With gentle handling, porcelain veneers can last a lifetime. However, ordinary wear and tear can appear in gradual damage to the porcelain, giving them an average life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. During this lifespan, it's important to keep your porcelain veneers clean and hygienic. Here are a few tricks from our office on how to properly clean and care for your porcelain veneers.
Practice Good Oral Care
Just because your veneers are much tougher in that they are unable to get cavities, that doesn't mean your teeth resting beneath them are bulletproof. Getting a cavity with a veneer can result in needing an implant. Before receiving your veneers your teeth were filed down, leaving a little tooth surface. A small amount of tooth decay can leave none behind to attach a veneer too.
Soft Toothbrush and Correct Toothpaste
When you have porcelain veneers, it's vital to make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush when you clean your teeth. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can wear away the polish on the exterior of your veneers causing them to be irreversibly damaged. Try and stay away from toothpaste that has harsh abrasives as they also can cause damage to your veneers. Ask us at your next visit to recommend a toothpaste for your shade of white.
Prevent Gum Disease
Floss correctly once each day. Carefully floss, you don't want the floss to catch under the bottom of the veneer and accidentally pull it off the tooth. At the same time, you don't want to leave any bacteria beneath the veneer. If you develop gum disease, it can cause cavities in the root of your tooth.
Porcelain veneers can make an excellent change to your presentation and confidence. Taking special care of them will provide you have them for many years. Make sure you visit our office regularly to ensure they maintain to keep your smile looking lively and appealing.