Porcelain veneers can last between 7 and 15 years with proper care, according to WebMD. This is why it’s so important that you maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice a day.
How Do You Care for Dental Veneers?
Brush teeth twice daily for 2 minutes.
Floss teeth once daily.
Use fluoride mouth rinse once daily.
Don’t chew ice or use your teeth as tools.
Learning how to care for your dental veneerswill help them last for years to come. The best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums after the veneers procedure is to keep an oral hygiene routine.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and other good dental habits help remove plaque so you can avoid cavities and gum disease. Porcelain veneers are more likely to last longer when the rest of the mouth is healthy.
Brush Teeth Twice Daily for 2 Minutes
According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride occurs naturally and has long been recognized for its oral health benefits. In fact, many municipalities have fluoridated drinking water to help reduce cavities.
Make sure you brush for 2 minutes so you have enough time to clean all teeth, including those with porcelain veneers. If you always brush your teeth with one foot out the door, you could be leaving behind plaque on back teeth that are harder to reach. It’s not uncommon for people to develop cavities in back teeth when they rush.
Floss Teeth Once Daily
Plaque loves to hide where toothbrush bristles can’t reach, whether it’s on your natural tooth structure or dental veneers. That’s why it’s so important you floss once a day to remove plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gum line.
Flossing helps prevent cavities from forming in between teeth so you can avoid an unpleasant surprise during your next teeth cleaning and oral examination with us.
Use Fluoride Mouth Rinse Once Daily
If you have dental veneers, we recommend using a fluoride mouth rinse to help strengthen your remaining tooth enamel. Using mouth rinse helps wash away any residual plaque or food particles that could be left behind after brushing and flossing. Our veneer dentists can help you choose a brand that works for you.
Do your teeth ever feel fuzzy or rough? If so, you may be leaving behind dental plaque on your teeth. Plaque loves to eat sugar and uses it to produce cavity-causing acid. You may especially feel plaque on your teeth after eating sugary foods.
Be sure to check labels in the store since many foods we think are “healthy” aren’t good for your teeth. For example, some flavors of yogurt can have a lot of sugar. Likewise, sports drinks often contain more sugar than the average person would think. Limiting sugary foods and drinks will make it easier for you to avoid oral health issues.
Limit High Acidity Foods
Similar to sweets, high acidity foods can eat away at your veneer and enamel if left on your teeth too long. If you just had a lot of acidic foods for dinner or a snack then it’s a good idea to brush your teeth or use mouthwash to help your teeth stay nice and strong.
The same goes for drinks. There’s tons of drinks like coffee and juices that are highly acidic. This is especially true for citrus juices. In order to take the best care of your veneers, watch out for high acidity foods and drinks.