What to do (and not do) with Porcelain Veneers

Do you cover your mouth when you smile? Are your teeth stained from coffee, tea, or cigarette smoke? Do you have that funny space between your teeth? Or are your teeth crooked or chipped? If you want to change your look or simply feel more confident when you smile, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.

Aesthetic dentistry is big business today and porcelain veneers are a popular choice for those with yellow teeth or crooked teeth among other issues. If you have good oral hygiene, they will last your lifetime. They will never stain. Results are usually more than satisfactory. Improvements are immediate, permanent and your new smile will have you looking younger. Among veneer substance choices, porcelain is the best choice as the most “bio-compatible” for the gum tissue surrounding your teeth.  It is also the most durable substance in veneers. Most important, it is a safe treatment. Once the porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, there is a list of do’s and don’ts.

Resistant to stains and accidental chipping, regular dental appointments should be kept up. Consistent and routine oral care at home needs to be maintained to have your porcelain veneers last your lifetime. When visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination, if your teeth have any decay it will be noted. The same thing will go for your porcelain veneers, which will also be checked for signs of wear or damage. Any issues can be corrected.

Brushing your teeth and flossing regularly to prevent tooth decay as well as gum disease is crucial. Gum disease causes gums to recede. If this happens, the gums will pull away from the top edge of the porcelain veneers. While the veneers are made from a thin semi-translucent laminate material, you still have natural teeth that are at risk. Do use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle toothpaste. Harsh, abrasive toothbrushes or toothpastes will damage the polish and you will dull the shine on your porcelain veneers. If you play sports, a mouthguard will protect both your natural teeth and your porcelain veneers.

Try not to clench or grind your teeth. Porcelain veneers are strong, but not as tough as natural teeth. Do not bite your nails and do not chew on extremely hard objects. This can chip or crack the porcelain, no different than your natural teeth. Do not smoke. This will discolour the porcelain veneers. And if you drink a lot of pop or red wine or coffee or tea, or if your teeth are susceptible to staining, using a straw will help keep the edges from yellowing. Even though porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, they are not perfect.

At the Accolade Dental Centre, established in 1995, located in mid town Toronto, porcelain veneers are the only material they use. The procedure generally takes only two visits, but it does depend on the patient. We have ultra-modern equipment and use the latest technology and techniques to serve our patients best. Give us a call today to book an appointment at (416) 928-6828.