How to Take Care of Dental Veneers
Veneers are very thin plates that are fixed on the front surface of the teeth, hide their imperfections and improve the cosmetic appearance. They belong to micro prostheses and are used to correct the appearance of teeth in the “smile zone”: they allow you to restore an attractive state of enamel, hide interdental spaces, and remove chips.
They are made individually. Advanced manufacturing and installation technologies make it possible to achieve reliable fastening and a degree of wear comparable to natural teeth. Porcelain veneers, for example, have a virtually unlimited lifespan because the material is not susceptible to caries.
However, if not cared for properly, the uncovered portion of the tooth can begin to decay, shortening the life of the veneer itself. This can be avoided by taking proper care of your teeth.
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Sustain Good Oral Hygiene
Caring for veneers requires more thorough oral hygiene. It is necessary to brush your teeth in the morning, in the evening and rinse after each meal, use dental floss. If you have a hard toothbrush, you should choose a softer one specifically for veneers, if not, you can use the same one as before.
Special attention should be paid to toothpaste: only a product with a low content of abrasives is suitable for maintaining the hygiene of veneers.
An irrigator is what you need if veneers are installed in the oral cavity. Using it, you raise the quality of brushing your teeth to a higher level. The irrigator can clean up to 2 times more plaque than a regular toothbrush. It cleans not only the surfaces of the teeth, but also the places where the prostheses are adjacent to them, as well as the gum mucosa and tongue.
The operation of the device is based on the principle of supplying liquid under pressure through a special nozzle. The jet directed at the tooth perfectly washes away plaque and massages the gums, stimulating blood circulation.
Important points for caring for veneers
Caring for veneers differs little from traditional oral hygiene. Because of them, you do not need to change your daily routine or constantly carry a toothbrush with you. However, there are a number of points that require increased attention:
- Immediately after applying light-composite veneers, you should try to consume less food and drinks that contain colouring substances. This includes coffee, tea, chocolate, red wine. It is not necessary to completely ban them for yourself, it is enough to reduce the use to a minimum. If we are talking about ceramic veneers, then they are more resistant to the action of colouring substances: products with a high content of colouring substances are absolutely not terrible for high-quality ceramics.
- It is advisable to stop smoking since exposure to nicotine leads to a deterioration in the achieved cosmetic effect.
- Veneers are unable to perform protective functions by themselves. Their design is not designed for high chewing loads, so try not to overload the plates.
- Do not expose prosthetic teeth to hard objects. It is forbidden to crack nuts, gnaw seeds, open lids with your teeth. If this prohibition is neglected, the prosthesis may crack, and in the worst case, the tooth itself will be damaged. That is why veneers are not recommended for patients with a habit of grinding their teeth.
- During intensive sports, it is advisable to use special mouth guards to protect teeth from mechanical damage during bumps and falls.