Do Porcelain Veneers Require Special Care?
Dental veneers are used in the field of cosmetic dentistry in order to change the look of a tooth or several teeth. Dental veneers, typically made from porcelain and referred to as “porcelain veneers,” are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of a patient’s natural teeth. This is done in order to address small problems with shape, size, color, or the alignment of a tooth.
Dental veneers look and feel like your natural teeth, and typically do not require special care. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth and gums regularly, giving your full attention to the upkeep of your oral health. Additionally, maintenance appointments and cleanings with Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts are recommended twice a year in order to monitor and maintain the health of your teeth and veneers.
One of the many benefits of porcelain veneers is that they resist stains better than your natural tooth enamel; however, it is still recommended that you avoid stain-causing drinks, foods and activities. This includes coffees, red wine, blueberries, dark fruit juices, smoking, and chewing tobacco, just to name a few. If you continue to consume dark drinks, do so through a straw, which bypasses the teeth.
Additionally, if you are an individual that tends to grind or clench your teeth at night, you may need to wear a night guard in order to protect your veneers. Just like natural teeth, veneers can crack and break, so any extra pressure that is put on them can cause them to require replacement. Adding a night guard will help patients be proactive about the care of their veneers, and lessen the chances that they will need to be repaired or replaced in the future. Dr. Foncea of Sequoyah Dental Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee has extensive training and expertise with dental veneers.
If you are considering porcelain veneers for your dental concerns, call today to schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Foncea about the advantages of this cosmetic treatment for your particular smile.