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6 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Porcelain Veneers Shiny And White

6 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Porcelain Veneers Shiny And White

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:

  • tea
  • coffee
  • 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 your veneers.

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 foods.

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!