If you have battled dental problems such as discolouration, staining, or even chipped/un-even teeth, and resolved them with the help of veneers treatment, you will also know just how much of a difference they have brought about. Either due to habits such as smoking or drinking liquids such as wine, tea or coffee which contribute significantly to staining or even genetic reasons, we all have our own dental battle going on. Fortunately for us, we live in the digital age which means we are not only privy to the most astounding phones and laptops, but also have access to the most advanced medical facilities yet.
Did you know that if done correctly and maintained properly, veneers has the capability of lasting anywhere between 10-15 years? Provided your dentist is reliable and also somewhat of an artist in a sense (a must for aesthetic dentistry), a one-time visit should suffice. However, some eventually forget that veneers also need to be taken care of, so here are some tips for your benefit.
- GOOD ORAL HABITS: Considering this is something that is driven into us from a tender age, you would think that as adults we would be extra careful. This is not the case unfortunately. Even though our facilities and technology has expanded over the years, our vigilance in maintaining healthy oral habits has become almost non-existent. Do not forget the basics for both your natural teeth and veneers: Brush, floss, and use a mouthwash.
- CHANGE YOUR BRUSH: For some reason, people seem to think that the rougher the brush and the tougher the technique, the brighter the smile. Far from this being the end result, you are actually causing a lot of damage to your gums and where veneers are concerned, you are rapidly doing away with the polish that is responsible for their shine. Once you have had veneers put in, choose a soft brush.
- WATCH WHAT YOU CONSUME: As you can see mentioned above, certain habits can stain your teeth, and this is applicable to veneers treatment too. However, as veneers are built to resist staining and discolouration, you need not worry about direct impact. Although this may be welcome news, you may want to take a closer look at them; though the surface maybe un-spoilt, the adhesive used to fix the veneer is prone to staining and soon you will find a line outlining it. Since it may be hard to give up on your favourite things, why not consider using a straw to keep liquid from your teeth? And quit smoking.
- DON’T CHOMP HARD: This one is applicable to not only veneers, but also if you wear braces or retainers. Do not chew on anything that is of a hard consistency such as hard candy, fruits such as apples and anything else that will require you to exert extra force. Your veneers are made out of either porcelain or composite resin and they will easily break down if you keep this habit up. Where possible, cut the item down into bite-sized pieces.
- TREAT BRUXISM: For those of you who have been diagnosed as having this issue, you will know what bruxism is, however for those that are hearing it for the first time, it quite simply means grinding of teeth. Some even subconsciously do so in their sleep. Not only is this bad for the longevity of your veneers, but even for your natural teeth.