Porcelain veneers are helpful in recreating the look of natural teeth and to provide the strength to protect the underlying tooth surface.
With careful use, you can use porcelain veneers for a lifetime. However, the routine wear and tear can result in progressive damage to porcelain and gives them average durability of 10 to 15 years only.
Here are some tips on properly cleaning your porcelain veneers to make them last longer.
1. Brush, floss, and rinse as you do with your real teeth.
While the veneer itself cannot decay, but the teeth underneath the veneer may decay and affect the entire structure. So use an ultra-soft manual or electric toothbrush to clean your teeth thoroughly and gently floss with mouthwash and rinse it away.
2. Use a whitening toothpaste.
When you start using porcelain veneers, your dentist will match the veneer color to your natural teeth. If you want to prevent your porcelain veneers from being stained or discolored, then brush them with a whitening toothpaste. You can also opt for a non-abrasive toothpaste or some natural whitener like baking soda.
3. Floss with care to prevent breakage.
Your dentist will give you a list of instructions on how to brush and floss in order to prevent putting too much pressure on your veneers. Also, using too much of force while brushing or flossing can possibly cause the porcelain veneer to crack or break. So ask your dentist about the best suitable technique for brushing and flossing.
4. Limit teeth-staining foods and drinks.
Foods like soda, coffee, tea, wine, and other teeth-staining foods should be consumed in limits. Also, if you consume these types of foods or drinks, make sure that you brush soon after to avoid staining. You can also rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.
5. Avoid cigarettes and tobacco.
Cigarettes and tobacco products are not only bad for your overall health, but they can notably reduce the lifespan and beauty of your porcelain veneers too. These items have a lot of nicotine, which can lead to discoloration of your porcelain veneers.
In addition to these home care tips, you should also visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Your dentist will examine the condition of your porcelain veneers and then make the necessary adjustments.
For more information about porcelain veneer care tips and other dental care tips, visit Stephen’s General Dentistry for a consultation!