Veneers are pretty amazing! They can easily correct a variety of issues and they look great. They are also pretty easy to take care of – but there are a few things you should know about caring for your veneers!
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells that fit over teeth. Porcelain veneers, the kind used at Pacific Northwest Smiles, are used because they are durable, strong, and stain resistant, and they also look very similar to natural teeth so that it is next to impossible to even tell the difference. Veneers can cover up stubborn stains that won’t go away even after whitening treatments, and they can also cover up minor imperfections such as cracks, stains, minor gaps in between teeth, and teeth that are a bit crooked or misshapen.
How Do You Take Care of Porcelain Veneers?
Another great thing about veneers is that they don’t require too much special care – you simply brush and floss your teeth as you normally do.
However, there are some things you should avoid:
- Avoid chewing on hard, sticky foods and hard objects. Porcelain veneers are very strong, but only to a certain point! You should avoid things that might damage veneers, such as eating hard or sticky candy and chewing on ice. You should also avoid chewing on hard nonfood objects, such as pens and pencils.
- Avoid foods and drinks that may stain. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but that doesn’t mean they will never stain no matter what you eat and drink. Limit foods that stain teeth, such as blueberries and tomato sauce, and beverages that can stain, such as tea, coffee, and red wine. Smoking or chewing tobacco can also stain veneers.
- Avoid grinding your teeth. Tooth grinding can damage veneers as well as your teeth. Ask your dentist for help if you think you might grind your teeth.
Porcelain veneers don’t really require any more care than your other teeth do, and they have so many other benefits! To find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, contact Pacific Northwest Smiles today for a consultation. Call the office in Mill Creek, Washington, at 425-357-6400 to make an appointment.