Congratulations on your new dental veneers! With a beautiful new smile comes a big responsibility. Taking care of your cosmetic veneers can help them last longer and look great for years. Our Centennial cosmetic dentist office is here to help.
Here’s what you need to know:
No, veneers aren’t “real” teeth, but they can still collect plaque around their margins (the fancy name for edges near the gumline). Without proper home dental care, that bacteria could start to eat away at the tooth around your veneer. This would result in a leaky margin that allows tooth decay or stain under your veneer. Floss thoroughly at least once a day around each side of your veneer, especially just under the gumlines.
Use Non-Abrasive Toothpastes
The porcelain that your veneers are made from may scratch if abrasive home products are used. Never use something such as baking soda or rough toothpastes that could scratch them. This could result in your veneers losing their glossy appearance and etching microscopic surfaces for stains to penetrate.
Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Beverages
Drinking lots of red wine, coffee or tea could stain your veneers. Although veneers do not change colors, the stain buildup could make your veneers look dirty. Our hygienist can polish this stain away at your dental check-up. Otherwise it is best to limit your intake of dark liquids or to drink through a straw.
Schedule Regular Preventive Dental Care
It’s important to keep your veneers just as clean as your natural teeth. Routine cleanings at our Centennial cosmetic dentist office help your teeth look bright and keep your gums healthy. Nothing could be worse than having beautiful dental veneers with swollen, diseased gums.
Let us help you keep your smile beautiful for life!
Don’t Brush Too Hard
Scrubbing your veneers may not cause any damage, but it could wear away the tooth enamel around your veneer or cause the gums to recede. This would result in an unsightly tooth that stands out as looking unnatural, rather than one that looks real. Using a gentle electric toothbrush can help you avoid gum recession and toothbrush abrasion.