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October 25, 2020
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Proper Care For Your Porcelain Veneers As Given By A Dentist

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Damaged or decayed teeth can be repaired with long lasting porcelain veneers to restore your smile. Each tooth is individually repaired by placing a custom 'cover' over your natural tooth, carefully matching the 'new' tooth with surrounding ones. Once you've had this procedure done, you'll want to take the right steps to keep them looking like new. This article looks at some of the tips provided by a dentist to help you keep that great smile.

Maintain Good Habits

It's never been a good idea to chew your fingernails, but it's even more so true with porcelain veneers. Chewing on toothpicks, pencils, or other similar objects can break the seal between the veneer and the natural tooth underneath, causing it to lift off. Hard objects like these or even chewing on un-popped popcorn seeds can cause the porcelain material to crack or chip. It can also place uneven pressure on the veneer, causing it to twist, which can then move the cover out of place. This can also happen if you're not careful when eating sticky foods such as caramel and taffy. If you do decide to eat these types of foods, just be aware of the potential consequences and go at it carefully.

Be Sure To Floss

Flossing has always been an important part of good oral hygiene and that doesn't stop just because you now have veneers. Many people are fearful that they will pop the cover off their tooth by flossing, but you don't have to worry about this. When the dentist installs the porcelain veneers, they are bonded onto the tooth with special epoxy cement that is made to withstand the normal hygiene process of flossing. Flossing is vital in keeping your gums and teeth in top shape by not allowing food particles to build up between teeth. It also helps to remove plaque, which can lead to many other dental problems.

Your everyday brushing and oral hygiene routine should be the same after the installation of veneers as it was before you had them. Your dentist should have no special procedure that is required for you to follow. Mouthwash is always a good idea to reach places where your toothbrush may not be able to reach. Your dentist most likely will ask that you brush three times a day or after each meal if possible. Be sure to use a soft bristle brush and avoid excessive force when brushing. The firmer bristles on some toothbrushes or even excessive force with the softer brushes can cause damage to the tooth enamel or gum tissues. Many people mistakenly feel that a little pressure is good so a lot of pressure should be better. If this routine continues for an extended period of time, you can actually wear grooves into the enamel of your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers And Temperature

In the process of installing porcelain veneers, the dentist is required to grind down part of the natural tooth so the veneer will sit over it. This is done so the appearance and feel is natural for the patient. The grinding of the natural tooth can leave nerves exposed closer to the surface that are much more sensitive to extreme temperature change. This will be most noticeable when drinking hot liquids or drinking iced drinks. The same may occur when eating ice cream. This situation will usually last for only a few weeks. To avoid the discomfort associated with this condition, simply avoid the extremes in temperature when eating until the natural tooth has had time to 'heal' under the porcelain veneer.

Regardless of whether you go to a Newport Beach dentist or a dentist in your hometown, you can feel confident that the porcelain veneers you now have will continue to look like new by following a few simple steps. Everyone should practice good oral hygiene, whether you have porcelain veneers or not.

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