Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile, and they have many benefits. However, just like the sports car you’ve always dreamed of that you finally brought home or your new couch that the kids aren’t allowed anywhere near, porcelain veneers need to be taken care of to keep them looking and functioning at their best. Here is some information on how you can keep your veneers looking and feeling brand new!
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that fit snuggly over teeth. They can help to cover chips, gaps, and misshapen teeth, and they can also give stained teeth a whole new look. They are a great option if teeth are so stained that whitening treatments won’t work. They are tough and durable and can last for years if treated properly, giving the patient a new smile and a new sense of self confidence. However, veneers are not invincible and still require special care. If you have veneers, make sure you:
- Practice good oral hygiene. This is always a good idea, but if you want to make sure your veneers stay nice, make sure to floss and brush thoroughly, and make sure you see your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and a cleaning.
- Watch what you eat. Veneers are resistant to staining, but to keep the rest of your teeth looking good (and up to par with the teeth that have veneers), avoid red wine, coffee, and tea. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also stain teeth.
- Stay away from hard foods. Ice, hard candy, and fruit pits can damage veneers if you bite down on them in just the wrong way. You should also avoid bad habits such as chewing on the ends of pens or other hard objects.
Pacific Northwest Smiles can’t help you protect your couch from your kids’ juice boxes, but they can help you to keep your teeth looking and feeling great. If you are interested in porcelain veneers or if you just need a good cleaning, call Pacific Northwest Smiles today! Call 425-357-6400 for an appointment.