An incredible amount of self confidence springs from the ability of people to smile at others and comfortably engage in conversations without feeling self conscious about their teeth and mouth. If you've suffered from some damage and are in need of a dramatic improvement, having porcelain veneers installed is a great way to return your teeth to their best possible condition.
Unfortunately, some people believe that merely installing the veneers is the end of their responsibility. That's decidedly not the case, and below, you'll find a guide to some steps that you need to take to keep those veneers shining and strong for many years to come.
Alter Your Diet
While porcelain veneers are extremely strong, they're also bonded to your natural teeth in such a way that can leave them susceptible to damage. The bonding cement should perform admirably under standard usage, but high variations in temperature and extremely hard foods can risk cracks that can leave you with broken veneers and serious inconvenience.
Make sure that you take your veneers into account when formulating your diet and adjust accordingly. Extremely hard foods and extremely cold foods should definitely be avoided, as they're the two biggest culprits in terms of causing serious damage to patients who are unaware of the risk they're putting themselves under.
One of the biggest advantages of porcelain veneers is that they're very resistant to stains caused by food and other habits. Unfortunately, your natural teeth are not nearly as resistant, and because they're likely to remain partially visible around the edges of your veneers, the contrast can be shocking.
Eliminating smoking and cutting back on the consumption of dark beverages like coffee and red wine are all necessary steps for making sure you don't cause unsightly stains to your teeth. This damage will show up starkly against the clean, white edge of your veneers, and rather than allowing you to achieve a natural look, will instead highlight that you've had work done and continue to need improvements.
Work On Dental Care
Many people who have veneers installed find themselves in that position because they took poor care of their natural teeth to begin with. If you fall into that category, it's important that you work hard to reverse those habits. Your teeth are not replaced by veneers, but merely strengthened by them. If you continue to neglect your proper care, you can find yourself coping with serious damage that will significantly limit the effectiveness of your implants and keep your oral health at a substandard level.
To learn more, contact a dentist like Aaron G Birch, DDS PC.