Are you among the 1/3 of adults in America who feel insecure about their teeth and smile? If so, then it’s likely you’ve thought about getting porcelain veneers.
For those who want perfect teeth and a brighter, more captivating smile, veneers seem like the logical choice. Of course, to make the cost of veneers worth it, you need to make sure you know how to properly care for your new smile.
This post is here to help you make sure your new veneers look just as good in the future as they do now. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Understand Proper Brushing Techniques
Once you get your porcelain veneers, it’s important to properly brush them.
First, standard rules of brushing and flossing twice a day apply. But when you choose your toothpaste, make it a point to avoid those containing baking soda or hydrogen peroxide.
These ingredients can erode the surface of your veneers. Remember you no longer need to buy whitening toothpaste. In most cases, going with a gel toothpaste option is your best bet.
Additionally, make sure you’ve chosen the best and safest toothbrush for your veneers. Look for an option which has softer bristles to avoid damaging your new veneers.
2. Bite Wisely
In the past, perhaps you used your teeth to open up a bottle or tear into a package. After all, your teeth were already less than perfect, so you didn’t have much to lose by using your teeth as tools.
But now, biting into hard materials could render your veneers cost pointless. Stop biting your pens and pencils, chewing ice, and even biting your nails. When you’re chewing harder foods, like carrots, apples, and even chips, make sure you cut them into smaller, more manageable pieces.
Additionally, steer clear of foods that are high in sugar or acid — or brush your teeth as soon as you can after eating them. The same goes for foods that have lots of artificial food coloring in them. While it’s tougher for veneers to get stained, it can happen if you don’t reach for a toothbrush quickly after eating certain foods.
3. Take Teeth Grinding Seriously
Especially if you’re stressed out, you might unknowingly grind your teeth throughout the night and day.
Of course, this can cause serious damage to your porcelain veneers. Speak with your dentist about getting fitted for a mouth guard you can wear while you sleep. Also, look for ways to lower your stress levels.
Considering Getting Porcelain Veneers?
We hope this post has helped you learn how to take better care of your new porcelain veneers. Perhaps you read this post to decide if they were the right choice for you — and now, you’re ready to get them.
We also invite you to take a look at our Smile Gallery to see some amazing veneers before and after photographs. When you’re ready to transform your smile — and get your confidence back — get in touch with us to make it happen.