The team at Four Seasons Dental has helped countless patients in the greater Pittsburgh area get the smiles of their dreams. Often times this can be accomplished through the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment for chips, cracks, stains, and misalignments, helping your smile look perfect.
While getting porcelain veneers makes a major difference, proper aftercare of your veneers is just as important. Let's examine just why.
Why Taking Care of Your Porcelain Veneers Is So Important
After you've had your porcelain veneers fitted, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure they provide you with a long-lasting, beautiful smile. However, although they are durable, there are steps to porcelain veneers aftercare that you'll want to take to ensure that you do not end up back at your dentist to start the procedure from the beginning again. Here are some best practices for good porcelain veneers aftercare, and also a few things you will want to avoid after being fitted for your porcelain veneers.
Maintain Good Dental Hygiene
Although your porcelain veneers are durable and provide and extra level of protection to your teeth, tooth decay can still occur. To ensure that your porcelain veneers are long-lasting, brush at least twice daily and maintain a regular schedule for flossing.
However, while you do maintain your dental hygiene, start off with a gentler touch, especially while brushing immediately after you’ve been fitted for your porcelain veneers. Although they are durable, your teeth may be particularly sensitive.
Stay In Touch with Your Dentist
Keep your dentist in the loop about how your porcelain veneers are treating you. If any complications arise, the sooner your dentist is aware of them, the better the chances that he or she will be able to correct them before more serious procedures or brand new porcelain veneers become necessary.
Avoid Sticky Foods and Hard Objects
Avoid sticky or hard foods immediately after your porcelain veneers have been fitted. Additionally chewing on any hard item, such as a pen or bottle cap, may crack your porcelain veneers, especially considering that while the veneers are durable, they are not as strong as tooth enamel. With that in mind, chewing on such items puts your porcelain veneers at high risk for cracking or additional damage, so just don't do it.
Get Tooth Grinding Treated
You will also want to avoid grinding your teeth. As detrimental as this is to teeth that are not fitted with porcelain veneers, a set of teeth that has been fitted with porcelain veneers is even more susceptible to damage due to excessive grinding of the teeth. If you grind your teeth during the night, consult your dentist, who may be able to suggest or provide a mouth guard for you to wear during the night to prevent any undue damage to your porcelain veneers.
Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Additionally, while smoking or drinking does not cause physical damage to your porcelain veneers, it does present a risk for undue staining. As such, it is best to keep these activities to a minimum to prevent any cosmetic alterations to your porcelain veneers.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
For more information about porcelain veneers and what you can do to make your smile look its very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry centers today. Four Seasons Dental has offices in Vandergrift, New Kensington, and Fox Chapel, and our entire team is eager to meet you in person.