Porcelain veneers are cap-like shells bonded to the front of teeth for cosmetic restoration. Once bonded securely into place, they can only be removed by a dentist. This is considered to be a permanent cosmetic dental solution. When properly maintained, veneers can last for fifteen years. The dentists at Barataria Dental, located near New Orleans, LA, provide tips to maintaining your porcelain veneers so that the cosmetic benefits last as long as possible.
Pay attention to your bite
It can take some time to get used to the feeling of porcelain veneers over your teeth. While they may feel awkward at first, you should pay attention to how they may have changed your bite as you adjust to the sensation. Your dentist will note the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth when they construct your veneers.
After they are bonded in your mouth, your dentist will make final adjustments to ensure a perfect fit. If you notice your veneers seem loose or misaligned, you should let your dentist know as soon as you can. Ill-fitting veneers can cause problems with your teeth down the line, so it is important to correct any issues promptly.
Practice good oral hygiene
To take care of your porcelain veneers, you should ensure you maintain good hygiene for your whole mouth. Your teeth and gums provide support for your veneers, so you should keep them healthy to ensure optimal results with your cosmetic treatment. Proper oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. Ideally, flossing should occur at night to remove plaque that develops throughout the day. Rinsing with mouthwash can eliminate bacteria from spots in your mouth that are difficult to reach with traditional brushing. Lowering your chances of tooth decay or gum disease with good oral hygiene can keep your veneers looking their best for longer.
Avoid abnormal pressure
Porcelain veneers are designed to endure the typical wear and tear of your teeth. Although they are durable, they are susceptible to damage if exposed to abnormal amounts of pressure. For this reason, you should avoid biting down on hard objects, such as fingernails, ice, or the end of a pen. Patients who grind their teeth in their sleep may be asked to wear a mouthguard at night to protect their veneers and teeth. Your dentist might also suggest an alternative cosmetic dental treatment if you grind or clench your teeth. If you remain aware of your oral habits, you can preserve your veneers and their cosmetic benefits for as long as possible.
Porcelain veneers and more in New Orleans
Barataria Dental offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental services to patients in the greater New Orleans area. Our practice also specializes in restorative and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 504.358.8632.