If you have a set of dental veneers, then you would have been told how their lifespans are variable. Their life expectancy can be dependent on whether you got composite or porcelain ones, how well you look after them and how regimented you are with your dental visits. In this article, we explore some tips on how to care for your dental veneers.
Keep up your good oral hygiene
This goes without saying. Keeping up with a positive oral hygiene regime won’t just keep your teeth healthy, but it will maintain the quality of your veneers, which in turn will extend the longevity of your veneers too. Your dental veneers are also susceptible to plaque and bacterial build-up, the last thing you want is to have gum disease breaking down your beautiful pearly whites. Stick to the basics, remember to brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and rinse in between meals. If you are going to use a mouthwash, make sure it is alcohol-free.
Avoid teeth grinding and clenching
During the night, if you have a tendency to clench your teeth or to grind them, you are at risk of wearing them down or breaking them over time. This is because the pressure that comes from clenching and grinding will chip away your veneers, thus reducing their longevity. If you have issues with this, we recommend speaking to your Perth dentist about ways to mitigate against the forces created on your teeth by clenching and grinding. Potentially, a type of mouthguard is used.
Minimise smoking and foods that stain
From curry, soy sauce and some other foods and drinks that can cause staining of your teeth. We are not saying you have to cut these out completely, but it is advisable that you limit your consumption of these, to ensure the longevity of your veneers. The same goes for smoking.
Frequent dental check-ups
Having regular dental check-ups is a health necessity to keep healthy teeth. It is recommended you visit your Perth dentist at least once every six months. This way we can ensure that problems are spotted quickly and prevented before becoming major issues.
Are you ready for your dental check-up? Then contact West Coast Dental Care today for your frequent check-up. We can help ensure the longevity of your dental veneers and can guide you to optimal oral health. We look forward to having you in our clinic for your consult.