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Caring for your porcelain veneers

July 13, 2010

Filed under: Porcelain Veneers — admin @ 10:36 am

Veneers can transform a smile in as few as two dental visits. Handcrafted from durable porcelain, custom shaded to blend with your existing teeth, veneers are semi-translucent shells that your dentist can permanently bond to your front teeth. They will completely transform your smile, and they may change your life!

Here are some tips for caring for your porcelain veneers…

Brush your teeth twice a day, rinse with mouth wash, and floss. It’s a good idea to check with your dentist to make sure you’re using a toothpaste that’s not too harsh for dental veneers.

Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and a check-up. You’ll be less prone to cavities and gum inflammation, and it will also give the dentist an opportunity to check on the state of your porcelain veneers.

Avoid chewing on hard items, such as crunching on ice. You will also want to break habits such as chewing pencils or biting your nails.

Grinding your teeth is also very hard on dental veneers.  If you’re prone to clenching and grinding, you can talk to your dentist about purchasing a night guard. Most clenching and grinding occurs while you sleep, so a custom-fitted night guard can significantly reduce the potential for damage to your porcelain veneers.

Whenever possible, avoid foods and beverages that have the potential for staining. You don’t have to give up coffee. Instead, opt for drinking it with a straw. Also, smoking causes yellow staining.

Learn more about porcelain veneers on the Aesthetic Dentistry by Design website.

Please call for your consultation (719) 599-0700.

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