Porcelain veneers will provide you with a long lasting, perfect smile. However, it is important to still exercise good oral hygiene to take care of your porcelain veneers to ensure their longevity. Follow these helpful tips to keep your porcelain veneers looking great.
Routine Care for Porcelain Veneers
Caring for your porcelain veneers is very simple and no different than caring for your natural teeth. We recommend using whitening toothpaste to clean your porcelain veneers. While the color of the veneers won’t lighten, whitening toothpaste will help prevent stains from forming while preventing plaque buildup that can affect not only the look, but the feel of the implants. It is important to realize the limits of your new veneers and to not press too hard when brushing. If you experience any discomfort then you will want to apply a lighter touch. Being too aggressive with your brushing or flossing can break o chip veneers.
In addition to your regular brushing, you will want to floss regularly to help prevent gum disease. Gum disease can cause your teeth behind the veneers to change color which will impact the color of the porcelain veneers themselves. Gum disease can also cause many other problems but is easily prevented by practicing good oral hygiene.
Special Care for Porcelain Veneers
If you are noticing stubborn stains on your veneers that don’t seem to respond to regular whitening toothpaste, you can request professional toothpaste from your dentist. Professional toothpaste is formulated to remove stains and prevent future staining on your porcelain veneers without using harsh and abrasive ingredients.
If you have difficulty flossing with your new porcelain veneers, seek the assistance of your dentist. Your dentist may have suggestions for flossing our specific veneers that will help you to not put pressure on inappropriate places.
Professional Care for Porcelain Veneers
While regularly practicing good oral hygiene is very important, it is as equally important to continue to see your dentist twice a year to check on the health of your gums and teeth. While they may not directly clean your veneers, your dentist and oral hygienist will clean any other surfaces to ensure that there is no plaque buildup between veneers or on the back of your teeth. They will also examine your gums for signs of gum disease in order to catch it early on when it is still treatable.