You’ve finally made the decision to revamp your smile with porcelain veneers- congratulations! Now you can venture out into the world with a beautiful, straight smile. However, your work isn’t done after you’ve had your veneers put into place, and there are several steps you’ll need to take to keep them safe. By taking a proactive approach to caring for your veneers, you can get the most out of your stunning new smile.

Don’t Chew on Inedible Items

Do you have a bad habit of chewing on pens, or are you a nail biter? Not only are these habits gross and a social faux pas, they can actually lead to damage of your porcelain veneers over time. To protect your cosmetic dental work, make an effort to keep inedible items out of your mouth. 

Get Your Veneers Polished

Cosmetic dentists can help to preserve the life of your dental work by polishing your veneers. This procedure can be performed approximately once every three months. A dentist will use specialized solutions and equipment to ensure that your veneers and original teeth are thoroughly cleaned. However, polishing your veneers doesn’t mean that you can slack on your own dental hygiene. Flossing and brushing your teeth frequently can allow you to enjoy longer results after a polishing, and you can go longer periods of time between each session. 

Avoid Substances that May Cause Stains

Porcelain veneers are deigned to be stain resistant, but that fact isn’t the same for your natural tooth structure. In order to keep your smile looking its whitest, you should be wary of substances that might stain your veneers, including cigarettes, coffee, soda, red wine, tea, berries, and beets. If you do enjoy one of these items, be sure to brush and floss your teeth immediately afterwards to minimize the likelihood that stains will develop.

Protect Your Teeth

Do you play sports or other contact activity in which the health of your teeth might be at risk? If so, you will want to wear a mouth guard or other form of protection to ensure that your veneers are safe. Basketball, football, wrestling, and other contact sports may put your beautiful new smile in danger. By protecting your teeth from potential trauma, you are saving yourself a lot of pain, not to mention the cost that would be required to repair your smile.

Quit Grinding

Many people suffer from tooth grinding, whether they realize it or not. Tooth grinding, otherwise known as bruxism, is a serious issue involving the clenching and shifting of the teeth during sleep. If you continue to grind your teeth without seeking treatment, you can damage your porcelain veneers. Damage may also occur to your original teeth and the jaw joint, so if you suspect that you are a nighttime grinder, consult with your dentist about treatment options. He or she may fit you for a nighttime mouth guard that can help to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding.