January 14, 2018
For so many years you suffered from the lost self-esteem and confidence that’s commonly associated with having an imperfect smile. Cameras were your nemesis and public speaking gave you a great deal of anxiety. But you finally did something about it by having your dentist place porcelain veneers. Now you’re concerned with protecting them. That’s why your dentist in Rockville has some important information that will ensure just that. Read on to learn more about it.
How to Care for Porcelain Veneers
You should care for your porcelain veneers just like you would your normal teeth. Here are some of the areas listed that you definitely want to focus on:
- Brushing Your Teeth – Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will remove leftover food debris and bacteria that cling to your enamel. This is just as important to maintain with veneers as with your normal teeth because they are still subject to decay.
- Flossing – This is just as vital to your oral health and maintenance of your veneers as brushing your teeth because it allows you to get into hard-to-reach places. You don’t want to gain a perfect smile only to compromise it due to tooth decay.
- Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks – A big attraction of porcelain veneers is that they are resistant to staining, but your other teeth are still very susceptible, which means that any discoloration to them will be glaringly different from your new applications. Therefore, you should limit your consumption of certain foods and drinks that are known to cause staining like tomato sauce, coffee, soda and tea.
How to Prevent Accidents
There are also functional issues to guard against when wearing veneers, and if not adhered to, can lead to other issues:
- Chipping – If you’re not careful about what foods you eat, like nuts and chips, your veneers can get permanently chipped.
- Sensitivity – Because some of your enamel has to be removed to seat your veneers, your teeth may be more sensitive to hot or cold foods, so you may want to avoid temperature extremes.
- Dislodged Veneers – Try to avoid biting your nails or chewing on pencils because such activities can cause your veneers to fall out of your mouth.
By keeping these facts in mind, you will protect your new porcelain veneers of Rockville and ensure that you get the maximum longevity out of them. Reach out to your dentist to learn more about how to protect your new smile and continue soaring in the confidence that you are now enjoying.
About the Author
Dr. David Desta earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry and then completed a General Practice Residency at Flushing Hospital of New York. He practices at DLight Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.
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