How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

Maintaining Your Flawless Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great investment for those of us who need a little extra help to have a flawless smile.  A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is adhered to the surface of a tooth to alter the appearance, size or shape of the tooth.  Veneers are not intended to last a lifetime and will eventually need to be replaced.  So, what can be done to prolong the life of your investment?

Proper care of porcelain veneers is only slightly different from caring for natural teeth.  The same basics of oral hygiene apply, just with slight modifications.

Floss and Brush.

Above all, you must floss your teeth at least once and brush twice daily.  Flossing requires no modification but be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a nonabrasive toothpaste.  The sealed surface of the veneer is susceptible to scratching and abrasive toothbrushes or pastes will etch the porcelain.

Take Care of Your Gums.

If gum disease sets in, your gums can recede away from the tooth.  This exposes the edge of the veneer and compromises the seamless appearance of the overlay.

Avoid Staining.

Though porcelain is stain resistant, the material used to adhere the veneer to the natural tooth is not.  Avoid exposing the veneer to deep colors, such as coffee, tea, and other dark colored drinks.  If you choose to drink these dark liquids, try using a straw to decrease its contact with the teeth.

Maintain Regular Dental Check-Ups.

It is imperative that you continue to see your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.  A dental professional can properly clean the teeth of plaque build-up and monitor the underlying tooth to identify any decay.

Porcelain veneers are an investment in your smile and your self-esteem.  When you maintain this new, flawless smile with proper hygiene habits and it can last for years to come.