You’ve spent a lifetime learning how to care for yourself and your health, and continuing to do so is likely very important to you. Unfortunately, life is constantly changing and sometimes just when we think we have something down, we need to readjust our routines. Whether it’s starting to learn a new city just before your company transfers you again or just beginning to run every day before the winter weather forces you inside, we always learn to adapt to our new environments. For those of us who choose to enhance our smiles with porcelain veneers, the adjustments come in learning how to care for our health with our brand new smiles intact. Luckily, veneers function almost identically to your natural teeth, so only a few adjustments need to be made!
Staying the Same
Many aspects of your oral health routine will be unchanged after you’ve had your veneers placed. Things to always be mindful of whether you’re sporting your natural teeth or a porcelain counterpart include:
- Be diligent in brushing: Just because your new teeth can’t get cavities doesn’t exempt you from twice daily brushing! The veneers themselves can’t decay but there may be areas of your teeth left exposed and prone to the side effects of poor oral maintenance. Brushing helps to remove bacteria and plaque that can also contribute to gum disease.
- Keep using a soft bristled brush: There is almost never a time when a dentist will recommend using anything other than a soft bristled toothbrush. Firmer bristles can damage your veneers and remove the outer polish on them.
- Avoid staining substances: Porcelain is harder to stain than your natural enamel, but it’s still best to avoid smoking, drinking coffee, and indulging in red wine if you want to keep your pearly whites as white as possible!
Your veneers are an exciting new chapter for you and soon enough your new mouth will feel as natural as your old! A few things to be mindful of as you adjust to your new smile are:
- Avoid chewing on hard objects: Porcelain veneers are incredibly strong, but they aren’t quite as sturdy as your natural teeth. Because of this, it’s best to avoid chewing on anything that isn’t food. Pen caps, fingernails, and ice have no place in between the rows of your new teeth. Fixing a chipped or damaged veneer can be costly, so it’s best to take care of what you’ve got to avoid mishaps!
- You may see more of your dentist: In the months following the placement of your veneers, your dentist may want to see you more frequently than usual to ensure there are no issues or complications. After the first few months, however, you can go back to your regularly scheduled checkups!
Veneers can be a transformative addition to your life in more ways than one! If you’re considering cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile, give us a call at Countryside Dental Group to schedule a consultation today!