Porcelain veneers are cap-like shells that fit over the front of teeth. They have several cosmetic benefits, helping dental patients with crooked, chipped, or discolored teeth enhance their smile. Once veneers are secured in place, you will want to protect and preserve them so that the cosmetic effects last as long as possible. Dr. Justin Deckard, a dentist in Washington, DC, offers tips for taking care of your porcelain veneers.
Pay attention to your bite
It can take some time to get used to the feeling of porcelain veneers in your mouth. Your dentist will create veneers with size, color, and shape in mind to ensure your smile looks naturally beautiful. The porcelain veneers will be secured in place with dental bonding, and your dentist will adjust the fit during your appointment if necessary. Once bonded, veneers can only be removed by a dental professional. If you notice your bite is misaligned or loose, you should contact your dentist to fix this.
Practice good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene habits will keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. Though your porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, they can still collect plaque from bacteria. Plaque can ultimately lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your teeth twice and day and flossing daily removes plaque that develops throughout the day. Rinsing with mouthwash can get rid of plaque in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Keeping your mouth clean can make sure your teeth and gums are strong enough to support your veneers.
Avoid unnecessary pressure
Porcelain veneers are durable and built to withstand the everyday wear and tear of your teeth. However, if exposed to abnormal amounts of pressure, your veneers can become loose or break. For this reason, you should avoid biting down on hard objects, such as ice, fingernails, or the end of a pen. If you grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend wearing a mouthguard at night to protect your veneers from this unconscious behavior. They may also suggest an alternative cosmetic treatment. Awareness of your oral habits can preserve your veneers and ensure they are a long-lasting cosmetic solution. With proper maintenance, porcelain veneers can last for fifteen years.
Porcelain veneers and more in Washington, DC
DC Precision Dentistry offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental treatments to patients in Washington, DC. Dr. Deckard also specializes in implant, 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 202.851.7554.