Maintaining porcelain veneers isn’t much different from caring for natural teeth. A few simple precautions are all it should take to ensure that all goes well.
After every meal and just before bedtime, brush for a full two minutes with a nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste, then rinse and floss thoroughly. Your dental professional may also recommend the use of a gum stimulator to trace around the edge of each veneer.
After the final brushing of the day, rinse for 30 seconds with a fluoride mouthwash and eat nothing more before bedtime.
Any extreme force can potentially cause the porcelain veneers to crack or separate from the teeth. Be especially careful with such foods as nuts and carrots, and never chew on bones, hard candies, ice or similar items. We recommend against chewing gum of any kind.
Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is as damaging to veneers as it is to natural teeth. Many who engage in the habit have done so since childhood, and while a person who does this only at night may be unaware of the problem, anyone sleeping in that room will likely hear and mention it. Common symptoms of bruxism include chipped or loose teeth, earache, headache, pain in the face or jaw and dental sensitivity.
If bruxism is a problem, we can fit you with a bite guard that you’ll wear at night to take the pressure off your teeth and veneers.
Don’t Skip Any Appointments
One week after receiving your veneers, you must be sure to return for a follow-up visit. This will allow us to check the fit and ensure that the inside of your mouth is showing no adverse effects.
Anyone wearing porcelain veneers must thereafter return for exams and cleanings on a regular basis. This will allow us to discover any sign of potential failure before the situation gets out of hand. It is usually possible to remove stains or reattach a veneer that’s come loose, but if one should break or your gums recede, replacement may be your only option.
Your new veneers are as strong as they are beautiful. If you treat them with the care they deserve, they will serve you well for many years to come. If you have any questions, call us at our offices (212) 969-9490 for Manhattan or (516)625-0088 for Roslyn.