Your smile says a lot about your personality, which is why it’s important you know how to care for your porcelain veneers. Our dentists at Coolangatta Dental Group will make sure you understand how to maintain a high standard of oral health before and after getting veneers. As it will be your responsibility to care for dental veneers like you would natural tooth structure, we will shed some light on how to apply proper care once you go ahead with veneer treatment.
Here’s how our dentists recommend you take care of your porcelain veneers.
Brush Twice For 2 Full Minutes
It is recommended that every patient brush their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride occurs naturally and has long been recognised for its oral health benefits. In fact, many municipalities have fluoridated drinking water to help reduce cavities.
Make sure you brush for 2 minutes so you have enough time to thoroughly clean all teeth, including those with porcelain veneers. If you always brush your teeth in a hurry or with one foot out the door, you could be leaving behind plaque on back teeth that are harder to reach. It’s not uncommon for people to develop cavities in their back teeth when they don’t perform their oral hygiene practices sufficiently.
Floss Your Teeth Every Day
Plaque loves to hide where toothbrush bristles can’t reach, whether it’s on your natural tooth structure or dental veneers. That’s why it’s so important you floss once a day to remove dental plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gum line. Flossing helps prevent cavities from forming in between teeth so you can rest assured knowing there will not likely be any unpleasant surprises during your next teeth cleaning and oral examination with us.
Swish With Fluoride Mouth Rinse Daily
If you have dental veneers, we recommend using a fluoride mouth rinse to help strengthen your remaining tooth enamel. Using mouth rinse helps wash away any residual plaque or food particles that could be left behind after brushing and flossing. Our dentists can help you choose a brand that works for you.
Limit Your Sweets
Do your teeth ever feel fuzzy or rough? If so, you may be leaving behind dental plaque on your teeth. Plaque loves to eat sugar and uses it to produce cavity-causing acid. You may especially feel plaque on your teeth after eating sugary foods such as lollies or cakes.
Be sure to check food labels when grocery shopping since many foods we think are “healthy” aren’t actually good for our teeth. For example, some flavors of yogurt can contain high levels of sugar. Likewise, sports drinks are often made up of more sugar than the average person would think. Limiting sugary foods and drinks will naturally make it easier for you to avoid oral health issues.
Refrain From Chewing Hard Foods
While porcelain veneers are durable, they’re not invincible. When you chew or crunch down on ice, you’re more likely to chip your veneers and ruin the appearance of your smile. We also recommend you don’t chew popcorn kernels, hard candies, or other foods that could chip your dental veneers.
You’ll also need to avoid using your teeth as tools. For example, you could accidentally damage your dental veneers while trying to pry off a bottle cap with your teeth.
Stop By Our Clinic Every 6 Months
We recommend you have a professional clean and oral examination every 6 months to protect your oral health. During a teeth cleaning, one of our dental hygienists will be able to gently scrape away plaque and tartar that has built up in between visits. Our dentists also use these appointments to closely monitor and make note of the condition of your porcelain veneers.
The best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums after a veneer procedure is to maintain a quality oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day along with other good dental habits help remove plaque so you can avoid cavities or even worse, gum disease. Porcelain veneers are more likely to last longer when the rest of the mouth is healthy.
Book an Appointment With Us
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call any of our three clinics located in Ballina, Runaway Bay and Coolangatta. We would be more than happy to help you on your journey to improving your oral health and overall wellbeing. It is always our goal to help patients maintain healthy smiles for life!