Porcelain veneers are one of the fastest and most efficient ways to correct many cosmetic dental problems, such as badly stained or irregularly shaped teeth. With proper care, veneers can last many years without needing replacement.
Brushing and flossing is an important step in the care and maintenance of your veneers. Although the veneers are not likely to be damaged by the buildup of plaque and bacteria, the teeth underneath the veneers are still vulnerable to tooth decay and periodontal disease. In addition, certain foods and beverages can stain the veneers. Therefore, brushing and flossing are an important step toward keeping your veneers clean and free of stains. Also, use a non-alcoholic rinse if you want to help rinse out any left over debris.
Avoid drinking alcohol in excess while wearing veneers. While the occasional glass of wine or beer is fine, drinking too much alcohol can weaken the bonding agent that holds the veneers in place over your teeth. If a veneer comes off, it can be quite expensive to replace it. It can also cause other damage to the veneer and your teeth because of the effects of dry mouth. Alcohol depletes and suppresses the salivary glands, which help keep your mouth clean. While the damage to the veneers may be minimal, bacterial buildup could happen behind your teeth or underneath the veneer, so it is important to keep your mouth clean.
Avoid smoking while wearing veneers. While veneers may be stain resistant, smoking will still damage the veneers and potentially stain them. In addition, smoking also slows the healing processes in your mouth, which can leave you open to infection and longer treatment times.
Finally, continue visiting Dr. Zadeh, a leading Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist. During your exam, Dr. Zadeh will look for problems with your veneers and a hygienist will gently clean them to eliminate plaque and bacteria buildup.
Dr. Zadeh is a Beverly Hills porcelain veneers expert and he is well versed in the care, maintenance, and application of porcelain veneers. Call Dr. Zadeh’s office to schedule a consultation for veneers.