There are a few differences from typical oral hygiene habits to care for your dental veneers the right way. Fortunately, these differences are minor, especially as you grow more accustomed to the look and feel of your veneers in the weeks after the procedure. In order to help your veneers last as long as possible, however, it is well worth the extra effort to follow some specific steps to keep them shiny and bright.
You may notice that some of these “tips” are misunderstood by many. Veneers may have a simple purpose, but the modern materials used to craft and bond them have made them an invaluable addition to cosmetic dentistry.
Are Veneers Stronger Than Natural Enamel?
The purpose of veneers is to shape or reform a tooth that has received a form of damage or otherwise affects the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers are no replacement for a healthy and natural set of teeth, as modern veneers are not meant to last longer than a decade or so.
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite materials. Composites are generally the more affordable option for those looking for cosmetic dentistry, while porcelain veneers are more expensive but last longer, keeping a better and whiter polish with proper daily care.
Veneers are durable but thin shells bonded to existing natural teeth. Foods like apples, carrots, and some nuts can crack veneers, so care for your dental veneers by choosing foods that will help them last longer.
Should I Floss Carefully Around My Veneers?
It’s an unfortunate fact that the quality of bonding material varies from dentist to dentist. It is fortunate for our patients that we use the highest-grade bonding products to prevent the possibility of veneers detaching accidentally.
In general, flossing around your veneers won’t be much different from your regular flossing regimen. The average lifetime of a veneer is seven to fifteen years depending on their daily care. If flossing does somehow cause a veneer to come loose, let us know and we begin the process of replacing it.
What to Look for In a Toothpaste Brand
To keep your veneers polished and strong, choosing the right kind of toothpaste is very important. Typical store-bought toothpaste brands are usually harmless and will get the job done. However, there is one type of toothpaste that you will want to avoid.
Toothpaste brands with abrasives added to their formulation can cause a lot of harm. This includes charcoal toothpaste. Abrasives will cause both porcelain and composite veneers to suffer scratches that can allow for staining. Instead, choose one with gentle cleaning; sensitivity toothpaste is a good option, as veneers have been known to cause sensitivity.
Contact Oak Hills Dentistry In Layton, Utah, for World-Class Veneers
Veneers are a wonderful way to restore a natural and healthy-looking smile. Taking the utmost care for your dental veneers will let you enjoy them for many years to come. Give Oak Hills Dentistry a call and we can discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with you!