For the longest time, you’ve been bothered by that one misshapen tooth that always sticks out like a sore thumb whenever you smile. You’ve decided that it’s high time to ask your cosmetic dentist in Daytona Beach what you can do about it. They said that for your situation, veneers would be a great choice, but you’re a little confused on what you’d need to do to take care of them; do you still need to brush and floss? Here’s what you need to know about porcelain veneers in Daytona Beach and how to care for them.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell that fits over the front surface of the teeth. It can be used to cover multiple cosmetic flaws such as irregular tooth shape, discoloration, chips, or misalignment. Each veneer is customized to fit the shape, size and/or color of each individual patient’s smile. They’re also stain-resistant and tend to be durable, lasting about 10 to 15 years on average.
Do I Still Need to Brush and Floss While Wearing Veneers?
While porcelain veneers aren’t vulnerable to tooth decay, the natural tooth underneath can still be affected. Hence, you should continue to brush and floss normally. Be sure that you’re using a non-abrasive toothpaste that won’t damage the surface; similarly, you should also use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Will I Still Need to See My Dentist While Wearing Veneers?
Your dentist plays an important role in veneer maintenance. Not only can they provide thorough cleanings to help avoid oral infections, but they can also check for problems in the veneers such as cracks or a deteriorating bond with the tooth.
What Else Can I Do to Take Care of My Veneers?
Here are some other ways to protect your veneers:
- If you have a problem with grinding teeth at night, get a mouth guard to wear while sleeping.
- Avoid biting hard objects such as bottle caps or pen tips. You should also be careful of tougher foods such as raw carrots and hard chips, and acidic foods such as citrus fruits should never be in your mouth too long.
- Be wary of coffee, tomato sauce, soda, and other foods and drinks that can stain teeth; veneers are stain-resistant, but they’re not completely immune.
Protecting your veneers is much like protecting natural teeth; by avoiding physical damage, watching your diet, and practicing good oral hygiene, you can make them last for as long as possible. Speak with your dentist about other ways you can care for your veneers; after all, once you’ve gotten used to your new smile, you’ll want to keep it!
About the Practice
At Lakeside Daytona Dentist, Drs. Gladston Silva and Renata Santeli employ state-of-the-art technology, up-to-date materials and the latest dental techniques to provide high-quality care for patients. They offer various ways to improve the appearance of teeth such as clear braces, porcelain veneers and professional teeth whitening. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (386) 274-2021.