Veneers are a fantastic way to overhaul your appearance. A veneer is a layer of material that is placed over a tooth. If your teeth are broken, crooked, or discolored, then getting veneers fitted could help you to restore, reinvent, and revitalize your smile.
Veneers are not only quick to fit, but if properly maintained, they can last for up to fifteen years. However, not everyone understands how to care for veneers. Whether they have been freshly fitted by an experienced dentist such as a member of the team at dentfixTurkey or if you are in the early stages of deciding whether veneers could be the right option for you, let’s look at some simple tips that can keep your smile looking bright and white:
Don’t Neglect the Basics:
Brushing your teeth, using floss, and rinsing with mouthwash is one of the best ways to keep your veneers looking their best. When brushing, use a gentle toothpaste and an electric toothbrush and, whenever possible, clean your teeth after every meal, at least twice a day.
Similarly, flossing removes stubborn food particles to protect your gums and is best completed before bedtime. Finally, invest in a quality antiseptic mouth wash – alcohol free mouthwashes are best as excessive exposure to alcohol can weaken the bonds between veneers and your underlying teeth, leading to complications.
Tackle Bruxism (Grinding):
Do you habitually grind your teeth? If so, clenching your jaw can put unnecessary stress on your veneers and lead to chips and splits. A dentist can provide special bite guards to protect your mouth when sleeping so be sure to mention this prior to any veneer fittings.
Avoid Hard Foods:
Giving up hard foods entirely might seem impossible, but it is no secret that some foods are highly likely to damage your veneers. It is also wise to avoid chewing on pens, nails, and ice cubes as these can also pose a problem for your smile.
Quit Bad Habits:
If your vices include tobacco or caffeine, getting veneers might be the perfect time to overhaul your life. Just like natural teeth, dark substances do tend to stain your mouth so cigarettes and coffee should be cut out entirely. Quitting smoking and switching out coffee for a healthier alternative can be tough, but the benefits to your overall health are many.
In addition, sugary sodas, red wine, and some highly pigmented sauces can also threaten the whiteness of your veneers so wherever possible, sticking to a beige diet can benefit your health and your smile.
Regular Check-Ups are Key:
If you want your teeth to stay as healthy as possible, then it is vital that you see your dentist once every six months or more. The sooner any potential issues are identified the better, as some long term tooth damage can be expensive to correct, especially if veneers are involved. Some dentists will even be able to use specialist veneer cleaning, polishing, and whitening equipment to enhance your smile further.
Ultimately, veneers are a quick and effective way to improve the look of your smile. If you would like to learn more about caring for veneers or if you are keen to explore any of the other different cosmetic dentistry solutions out there, then be sure to reach out to a few different dentists for advice.