How to Properly Maintain Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers offer many benefits to your teeth from an aesthetic perspective. The material used to fabricate customized veneers is not as porous as natural teeth. What does this mean to you? More stain resistance.  Unfortunately, this does not mean porcelain veneers are impervious to stains. You still need to care for them just as you…

Porcelain veneers offer many benefits to your teeth from an aesthetic perspective. The material used to fabricate customized veneers is not as porous as natural teeth. What does this mean to you? More stain resistance.  Unfortunately, this does not mean porcelain veneers are impervious to stains. You still need to care for them just as you would your natural teeth. Luckily, basic oral hygiene (brushing twice a day and flossing daily) should suffice. If you receive veneers from Knoxville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, there are certain types of toothpastes he can recommend to avoid scratching.

Oral Hygiene for Veneers

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in and of itself, but the material makes a fantastic adhesive agent for veneers. The material induces a chemical/biological reaction so it becomes one with your natural teeth and strengthens the fragile porcelain. This offers a barrier much like tooth enamel to protect the inner workings of your smile. Unfortunately, just as with natural teeth, time can result in staining on your veneers.  To ensure that your cosmetic dental work remains bright and beautiful, keep it simple. There is no great secret. Regular oral hygiene and six month dental checkups should do the trick.

Preventing Stains on your Veneers

Teeth whitening will not be an option with porcelain veneers, as bleaching is formulated particularly for your teeth.                         If you’d like to avoid stains on veneers, follow the same rules you would with natural teeth. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, consider sipping through a straw to avoid contact with the surfaces of front teeth. Stay away from red wine, berries, soy sauce, soda, or any dark colored food or beverages. You will also want to avoid acidic foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and bad dental habits (biting pencils, chewing ice) as anything which would damage your teeth underneath may also damage your porcelain veneers.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Knoxville

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, Knoxville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach has solutions for making your smile whiter, straighter, and more appealing. For more information contact our Knoxville dentist office at (865) 240-2035.

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