Brush your porcelain veneers at least twice a day, following meals. When choosing a toothpaste, be sure the one you select is a fluoride toothpaste that does not have any abrasive particles. Just as you wouldn’t want to scratch a porcelain sink, you don’t want to use abrasive materials that could scratch or remove the shiny glaze off your new veneers, causing them to look dull and easily stain.
The type of toothbrush you use to brush your veneers is also important. Instead of using a hard-bristled toothbrush, use one with soft bristles which won’t hurt the glossy polish on your porcelain veneers.
Flossing your veneers
It’s critical that you floss your porcelain veneers at least once a day. Failing to floss can cause plaque to accumulate between teeth, resulting in decay. Besides removing plaque, flossing also increases blood circulation in the gums, which helps keep gum tissues strong and healthy.
Use the same type of floss on your veneers that you use for regular teeth. It’s a good idea to floss at night as this is helpful in protecting your veneers when you’re asleep. Consider that plaque can cause a significant amount of damage. Also, if you grind your teeth at night, use a dental night guard to protect your veneers when you sleep.
When eating, don’t bite into apples, steak or other hard foods before cutting up these foods into small pieces. Then, use your back teeth to chew your food.
Limit your consumption of certain beverages and foods that can stain your veneers. These include red wine, black tea, coffee, sodas, dark berries, ketchup and curry. If you do end up with stains, your dental hygienist should be able to polish them off at your regular dental cleanings.
Considerations and warnings
- When a dental hygienist cleans your veneers, be sure he or she doesn’t use an ultra-sonic scaler directly on them because this can chip or crack the thin margins on your porcelain veneers.
- Be sure that your veneers are polished with a special paste specially designed for them.
- Have regular dental checkups. In addition to promoting good oral health, checkups are a time when your dentist can assess your veneers.
If you have any questions about veneers, don’t hesitate to call Dr. James Bieneman, DDS. Our Colorado dental clinic serves the greater Denver area and surrounding communities, offering a wide range of dental services. Please contact us for all your dental needs.