Care Tips For Your New Dental Veneers

Now that your new dental veneers have been installed, it is vital that you properly care for and protect them from preventable damage. By avoiding the consumption and use of items that can stain your veneers or otherwise damage their surfaces, you can ensure that your new cosmetic dentistry work will look wonderful for many years to come.

Preventable Damage to Veneer Adhesive

There are three very common dental products that can damage the adhesive that was used to attach your new veneers to the surfaces of your teeth:

  1. abrasive toothpastes

  2. alcohol

  3. fluoride

If you use a hard toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste, such as those that contain baking soda, you will slowly grind away the adhesive holding your new veneers in place. To prevent this damage, you should always use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste now that you have dental veneers. The best toothpaste options are those that are gels rather than traditional paste, as they generally contain less abrasive ingredients.

Mouthwash and rinses that contain alcohol or fluoride can dissolve the dental adhesive used to attach your veneers. For this reason, you should not use mouthwash products with veneers. If you feel that you must use a post-brushing rinse to improve your breath, choose a product that is free from fluoride and alcohol. Your dentist can advise you as to which product is the best for you to use.

Preventable Staining on Veneer Surfaces

There are many foods and drinks that will cause stains to form on your new veneers. Some of the most common offenders are:

  • dark colored berries

  • soy sauce

  • beets

  • coffee

  • tea

  • grape juice

In addition to the list above, the nicotine and other harmful chemicals in cigarettes will also discolor your new veneers over time. To avoid discoloration and stains, avoid all of these foods and drinks when you have dental veneers or other cosmetic dentistry appliances installed in your mouth.

Preventable Veneer Damage from Routine Dental Cleanings

While all of your teeth and veneers need to be regularly cleaned by your dentist, you should always mention to a new dental professional that you have veneers and point out their locations. Some dental veneers look so much like natural teeth that they are not always immediately recognized as an area where the dental professional needs to take special care in the way that they conduct their cleaning procedures. By showing them the locations of your previous cosmetic dental work, you can help to prevent unnecessary damage to your new veneers.

For more information, contact Arbor Dental Care Ltd or a similar location.