Porcelain veneers are a sure-fire way to transform your smile. And
with thoughtful care and excellent hygiene, they should last you for
many years! However, like any surface that receives constant wear and
tear, gradual damage and discoloration may occur over time, and it’s
your responsibility to care for them to ensure that you get the most out
of that picture-perfect smile. To ensure that your veneers stay
beautifully shiny and white, follow these 6 simple steps:
1) Brush & Floss Regularly
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is super important. Brush at
least twice per day (preferably after each meal if possible), using a
soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Gently floss between the teeth
and rinse using mouthwash. While the porcelain veneers themselves will
not be affected by decay, the tooth underneath them could be, and if
decay sets in it will cause discolouring which may be visible.
Ask your dentist for more tips on cleaning your veneers and follow his/her instructions carefully.
2) Cut the Coffee
Porcelain veneers aren’t porous and are therefore less susceptible to
staining than natural teeth, however, as they age, they may become
discoloured. There are certain foods which are known to stain teeth, so
try to avoid them:
- red wine
Brush your teeth as soon as possible after consuming these foods.
If brushing isn’t possible, rinse your mouth with a mouthwash. You may
wish to drink these fluids through a straw to avoid direct contact with
3) Avoid Some Foods
Your veneers aren’t as hard as natural teeth and some foods could damage
them. Avoid crunching ice or hard lollies and eating acidic or sugary
4) Smoke Free
As we know, smoking is a health hazard in every way, and your dental
health is no exception. Nicotine will very quickly turn your veneers
yellow and compromise the beauty of your smile.
5) Wear a Mouthguard
If you participate in sporting activities, it’s wise to wear a
mouthguard to protect your teeth even if you’re not playing a contact
sport. Prevention is better than cure, and a mouthguard may protect
your teeth from serious damage.
6) Visit your Dentist
To get the most out of your veneers, regular dental check-ups are a
must. Your dentist will help keep your teeth in excellent condition and
detect any small problems before they become big issues.
Your porcelain veneers are a big investment, and if you’re prepared to
go the extra mile in caring for them, you’ll be rewarded with a
beautiful smile for many years to come! White, bright and beautiful -
porcelain veneers are something you’ll never regret!