Patients with chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth can benefit from cosmetic enhancement with porcelain veneers. Veneers are shell-like caps that fit over your teeth and are bonded securely into place. These can be a permanent cosmetic solution and can maintain your beautiful smile for longer than a decade. To keep your porcelain veneers in their best condition, you need to take care of them as well as you would your natural teeth. Dr. Dhara Patel, a dentist in Hoffman Estates, IL, offers tips to maintain your porcelain veneers.
Avoid chewing hard items
Porcelain veneers are designed to withstand the daily wear and tear that teeth endure. Veneers can be used to repair chipped teeth, so they can be used to prevent further damage to your teeth. They are a permanent cosmetic treatment, but they can be subject to breakage if exposed to immense pressure. Chewing on hard objects, such as ice, fingernails, or the end of a pen, can harm porcelain veneers. The repair can be expensive, so it is best to avoid behavior of this kind. This awareness can protect your natural teeth from breakage as well.
Maintain good oral hygiene
Proper oral hygiene will keep your normal teeth clean and healthy, and it will do the same for your porcelain veneers. Veneers are stain-resistant, but plaque can develop on them just as it does for natural teeth. You should care for your veneers to avoid damage to underlying and surrounding teeth. This entails brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Flossing should ideally occur at night to get rid of plaque that develops throughout the day. Like flossing, rinsing with mouthwash can eliminate plaque from spots difficult to reach with traditional brushing. Healthy teeth and gums maintain a stable foundation for your porcelain veneers.
Regular dental visits
A major part of good oral hygiene is visiting your dentist regularly. During a routine dental cleaning, your dentist can remove excess plaque from your teeth and around your gums. Your dentist will also examine your mouth for signs of decay or other dental issues that could affect the integrity of your porcelain veneers, as well as your overall oral health. You should also contact your dentist if your bite seems misaligned at all. They can adjust your veneers to ensure the perfect fit for your unique smile.
Porcelain veneers and more in Hoffman Estates, IL
Best Dental Spa provides porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental treatments to patients in Hoffman Estates, IL. Dr. Patel also specializes in general and restorative dentistry services for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 847.660.6603.