If your teeth are stained, misshapen or undersized, porcelain veneers might be just the thing you need to restore your brilliant smile. When installed by a reputable cosmetic dentist Kelowna residents recommend, veneers can last for many, many years.
Just how long they last will depend on a number of factors, one of the most important being how well you look after your teeth. That comes with maintaining a consistent oral hygiene schedule.
What Are Veneers?
Before we get into the do’s and don’t of porcelain laminate veneers, it’s worth explaining what they are and how they work. In short, veneers are thin layers of material that are bonded onto your teeth at your Kelowna dental centre.
They can be used to restore a tooth (or teeth) that is broken, stained, discoloured or cracked. They can also be used to reduce the gaps between smaller teeth. They can change a tooth’s:
1. Protect Your Natural Teeth
While it’s true that tooth decay cannot form on the surface of your veneers, it can certainly still form on the natural tooth matter surrounding them. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a dental care routine to protect your teeth from bacteria and plaque buildup. That includes:
- Brushing at least twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Limiting sugary foods
2. Be Careful of How You Use Your Teeth
Dental veneers are designed to withstand the regular daily wear and tear of eating and drinking. The material used to make them is extremely strong and durable, yet it does have its limits.
In particular, using your teeth to tear open packaging or to open a bottle can flex and, in some cases, break your veneers.
The same goes for people who bite their nails or grind their teeth. While this might not seem like much, these practices place a considerable amount of pressure on teeth.
3. Common Sense and Sports
If you play a physical sport like hockey, baseball or lacrosse, it would be a good idea to wear a suitable mouth guard. When you consider how much damage an errant ball or stick could cause, it just makes sense (whether you’re wearing veneers or not).
4. Limit Foods that Stain
Just as veneers are resistant to decay, they are also resistant to staining. However, it’s important to note that the adhesive used to bond them onto the underlying tooth can be susceptible to stains. Therefore, in the interest of maintaining your sparkling smile, our cosmetic dentist Kelowna patients turn to for advice suggests limiting the intake of things like:
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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