Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for patients who wish to fully customize the look of their smile; they perfectly mimic the appearance of a natural tooth, providing individuals with the life-changing smile of their dreams.
Whether you are just considering dental veneers or you have just had them placed in your mouth, it is important to know how to properly care for them. Continue reading to learn how to care for porcelain dental veneers.
What are Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are adhered directly to the surface of the teeth. They are commonly used for the following reasons:
- Closing gaps in teeth
- Adjusting minor chips or cracks
- Adjusting slight misalignment in the teeth
- Achieving an Aesthetic Smile
- Treating teeth that are discoloured or stained
- Customising or slightly altering the shape, length, or size of teeth
- Improving confidence
Veneers are considerably less invasive than dental crowns, making them an ideal option for patients who are seeking a fully customized smile without making extensive changes to the tooth itself. They are durable and stain-resistant, making them the best option for patients who wish to achieve and continuously maintain a bright, white smile.
Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Best?
There are typically two types of veneers that are commonly used; composite and porcelain.
While porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite veneers, they usually provide a closer imitation to the appearance of a natural tooth. In fact, porcelain veneers are often so natural-looking that it is nearly impossible to discern which teeth have been treated with veneers, and which haven’t.
Porcelain veneers require a bit more prep work to be completed to ensure a natural look, and in most cases require two visits in-office before completion. Composite veneers, on the other hand, require less preparation and can usually be completed in two visits.
Composite veneers can be repaired if they break, while porcelain veneers must be replaced if they are damaged. While this is important to consider, it is also important to consider the fact that composite veneers are considerably less durable and more likely to chip or break, which may in turn mean return visits to the dental office for repairs.
In conclusion, while composite veneers can be finished faster and require less preparation, porcelain veneers are much more durable and stain-resistant and provide a much more realistic appearance, making them the preferred choice of many dentists and patients alike.
How to Care for Your Porcelain Veneers
Ensuring that you are properly caring for your porcelain veneers will help secure the longevity of your treatment. When properly maintained, dental veneers have the potential to last anywhere between ten to twenty years.
a. Home Care
The first step in caring for your porcelain veneers is proper home care. Brushing for two minutes twice daily - accompanied by flossing - is the best way to maintain a clean and healthy environment within the mouth. It’s important to keep in mind that the way you brush and floss may have to be slightly altered when you have your veneers placed in order to protect the integrity of the veneers. Once they have been placed, you will be provided with detailed instructions on how to carefully and correctly brush and floss with veneers.
Your new veneers typically do not require any changes to your diet; you can continue to enjoy your favourite foods and beverages just as you would with your natural teeth. One thing to keep in mind is that while veneers are stain-resistant, if there are teeth in your mouth that are not treated with veneers, they may become stained if you drink coffee, red wine, or other foods or beverages that tend to stain the enamel of teeth.
c. Toothpaste and Toothbrush
If you use a whitening toothpaste or any other abrasive toothpaste, you may want to consider switching brands after you have had your veneers placed. Abrasive or gritty kinds of toothpaste have the potential to cause damage or scratches to the surface of your veneers. Be sure to confirm the brand of toothpaste you use with your dentist or dental hygienist.
It’s also important to ensure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush; hard-bristled toothbrushes have the potential to cause damage to dental veneers, especially when used over a long period of time.
d. Regular Dental Check-Ups
Attending your regular dental check-up and cleaning appointments is a great way to ensure that you are taking a proactive approach to the care of your porcelain dental veneers.
Undergoing a professional dental cleaning will help ensure that there are no harmful plaque, tartar, or bacteria left in the mouth, consequently helping you promote the long-term health of the veneers.
e. Tobacco Use
Because porcelain veneers are not porous, they are much less likely to develop stains than natural teeth, but patients who use tobacco are at an increased risk of staining. If you are considering having veneers placed, it is highly recommended to stop smoking or using other tobacco products.
Your regular check-up appointments are also a prime time for your dentist and dental hygienist to confirm the strength and durability of your veneers; if it becomes evident that your veneers may be weakening or show signs of possible future damage, you can ensure that the issue is taken care of before it is too late.
FY Smile: Your Local Double Bay Dentist
Here at FY Smile, we are proud to offer the highest quality porcelain veneers to help you achieve the fully customised smile of your dreams.
For more information about porcelain veneers or to make an appointment in our Double Bay dental clinic, give us a call at 02 8319 5557.