But veneers are not impervious to danger, and measures should be taken to protect them.
Be Careful What You Bite Down On
While it can withstand most normal biting forces, porcelain is not shatterproof. You should avoid biting down on anything exceptionally hard, food or otherwise. Avoid candied apples and chewing ice. You should also abstain from habits such as biting your fingernails and nibbling on pens or pencils. And avoid using your teeth as tools at all costs.
Avoid Foods and Drinks that Can Stain
Porcelain is more stain resistant than your natural teeth, but it is not stain-proof. Coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauce based foods and dark berries can all stain your teeth if you don't rinse your mouth soon enough. Minimize these foods, and when you do partake, be sure to follow them with a glass of water.
Use A Mouth Guard
If you play contact sports, be sure to wear a mouth guard. Or, if you tend to grind or clench your teeth a lot, particularly at night, ask your dentist about a custom fit night guard to protect veneers from damage.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Just because veneers can't experience decay, doesn't mean you don't need to worry about brushing and flossing. Veneers can still collect plaque and harmful oral bacteria that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay on the backs of your teeth that have veneers as well as the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
Gum disease can cause some serious oral health issues and ultimately ends in tooth loss (if not treated). By brushing and flossing regularly, you keep your mouth healthy, which ensures a good, long life for your veneers.
Don't Skip Dental Visits
Along with brushing and flossing, regular dental visits are critical to oral health. Your dentist will help to keep your teeth clean and will perform thorough oral exams, where your veneers will also be checked out. Your dentist will be able to spot problem areas before they become serious and take action.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for fixing many minor dental imperfections. For more information, or to learn more about how to keep your restorations safe, be sure to contact our office.