Saint Louis Cosmetic Dentist Explains How Patients Should Maintain Porcelain Veneers

Written by Dr. Grayem on Nov 3, 2012

Porcelain dental veneers can transform teeth in just a few dental appointments—that’s why more and more patients are choosing veneers for cosmetic dentistry. Another great benefit of dental veneer is that once they’re applied, you can care for them largely as you’d care for your natural teeth. Your maintenance routine for dental veneers will fit seamlessly into your life. Read on to learn how our Saint Louis cosmetic dentists recommend that you care for dental veneers.

As I already mentioned, much your veneers maintenance will coincide with your regular dental routine. When you brush and floss your natural teeth, you should brush and floss your veneers too. Many patients wonder why they need to brush and floss veneers if porcelain doesn’t develop cavities. Regular dental hygiene will help deter stains and veneer discoloration. Regular cleaning will also keep your gum tissue and tooth roots healthy—this provides a strong foundation for your cosmetic restorations.

There are just a few more precautions you should take once you’ve had your veneers placed. For the most part, these precautions area all about avoiding poor dental habits, including:

· Chewing ice and hard candies (these can crack or chip veneers)

· Chronic grinding and chewing (this puts an extreme amount of tension and pressure on your restorations)

· Using your front teeth to open things (Your front teeth—which are your teeth likely to have veneers—are not designed to open wrappers or bags, this can damage your dental veneers)

Minimize these habits to improve your dental health and protect your dental veneers. With proper prevenative care, your veneers can last and look stunning for years. Our Saint Louis cosmetic dental office is here to answer your questions and walk you through the veneers process—just give us a call for more information!