7 Tips for Looking After Your Veneers
1. Brush your teeth
2. Floss daily
3. Don’t bite into hard foods
4. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption
One of the benefits of porcelain veneers is that they are very stain resistant. This means that unlike natural teeth, smoking is unlikely to alter the color of your veneers. However, the bonding material that binds the veneers to your teeth can be stained by nicotine, creating a yellowish or brown tinge along the edges of your teeth. Heavy smokers also have a higher risk of gum disease and other oral health problems, so it’s safe to say that cutting down or quitting smoking altogether is highly beneficial for your dental and overall health.
Well-designed and properly bonded veneers shouldn’t be significantly affected by moderate alcohol consumption either. With that being said, there are a few reasons why excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided. For one thing, heavy drinking has been linked to gum disease and tooth decay, both of which can shorten the lifespan of your veneers. Certain drinks, such as red wine, can also cause the bonding cement under the veneers to darken over time, leading to unsightly stains around the margins.
5. Avoid grinding your teeth
6. Eat acidic foods as part of a main meal
Drinking or eating acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomato-based foods, carbonated drinks and sour candies, can wear down your tooth enamel, the off-white outer covering that protects your teeth. While porcelain veneers are highly resistant to the acids found in these foods, over time they can soften and erode the bonding material between your natural teeth and the veneers.
Of course, the vitamin C in citrus fruits and the lycopene in tomatoes both help fight free radicals, so they are definitely part of a healthy diet. However, you can minimize damage to your veneers by eating them as part of a main meal, not snacking on fruits and candies throughout the day, and drinking fruit juices and carbonated beverages with a straw. And always leave at least half an hour after eating acidic foods before brushing your teeth.