If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you may be considering dental veneers as an option. Dental veneers are a popular way to improve the look of one’s smile since they can fix a number of imperfections. Like other types of dental restorations, however, they can eventually wear down. In this blog, we’ll discuss the basics of dental veneers and provide tips on how to maintain their appearance.
What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. In some cases, dental veneers can also be made using composite resin. They are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and can fix a number of imperfections such as:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Unevenly shaped or sized teeth
The process of applying veneers is usually completed in two dental visits. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth by shaving off a thin layer of enamel. Then, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a laboratory where your custom veneers will be made.
At your second appointment, your dentist will check the fit of the veneers and make any necessary adjustments. Once they are satisfied with the fit, they will then bond the veneers to your teeth using a special dental cement. A high-intensity light may be used to harden the cement.
How to Keep Your Veneers White
When it comes to caring for your veneers, you will first want to consider what material they are made from. This is because composite veneers are more likely to stain or become damaged. Composite veneers also don’t last as long and are more likely to wear down sooner. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are designed to be stain-resistant and durable. As a result, they last longer than composite veneers.
Although they are stain-resistant, porcelain veneers can still become discolored over time if they are not properly cared for. To help keep your veneers looking their best, here are some tips:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
One of the most basic things you should do to care for your veneers is practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You should also use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities and can also help to strengthen your teeth. Colored pigments can collect in plaque and tartar, making your veneers appear stained. Practicing good oral hygiene decreases the amount of plaque and tartar that accumulate on your teeth (and veneers), to keep them looking their best.
Schedule Regular Teeth Cleanings
Another important thing you can do for your veneers (and overall oral health) is to schedule regular teeth cleanings every six months. During a professional cleaning, your dentist will remove any plaque or tartar that has built up on your teeth. While plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, tartar can only be removed by your dentist using special tools. Professional cleanings are important because they help to prevent the buildup of stains and keep your veneers looking their best. Not to mention, regular teeth cleanings decrease the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Minimize Drinking Certain Beverages
Certain beverages can cause your veneers to stain. These include:
- Soda (especially dark colas)
To help keep your veneers looking their best, you should minimize your consumption of these beverages. If you do drink them, be sure to rinse your teeth with water or brush your teeth afterwards. You can also use a straw to help keep the liquid from coming into contact with your veneers.
Use a Soft Bristled Toothbrush
When brushing your teeth and veneers, be sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. This is because hard bristles can damage or wear down the porcelain on your veneers. When the porcelain becomes damaged or worn, it is more likely to stain. Brushing with a hard toothbrush can also cause your gums to recede, which can expose the border between the veneer and your natural tooth. Instead, opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles that has the American Dental Association Seal of Approval. These toothbrushes can be found at most drugstores or supermarkets.
Wear a Night Guard
If you grind your teeth at night, it’s important to wear a night guard. This is because grinding can damage or break your veneers. If you think you may grind your teeth at night, talk to your dentist about getting a custom-made night guard. Wearing a night guard can help protect your veneers (and your natural teeth) from damage.
Dental veneers are a popular way to improve the look of one’s smile. They are made of either composite or porcelain, and can be used to fix a variety of imperfections. While they are durable and stain-resistant, porcelain veneers still require some care in order to keep them looking their best. This includes practicing good oral hygiene, scheduling regular teeth cleanings, minimizing the consumption of certain beverages, and using a soft bristled toothbrush. If you grind your teeth at night, it’s also important to wear a night guard. Following these tips can help you keep your veneers looking their best for years to come. Thanks for reading!