Veneers can be an amazing way to transform your smile, so you’re going to want to do all you can to protect them. There are a few simple things you can do to protect your smile from deteriorating or damaging them. With that in mind, here is a guide on how to take care of your veneers in London.
Excellent Oral Hygiene
If you want to take good care of your new veneers, then one of the most important things you can do is take care of your oral hygiene in general. Practising excellent oral hygiene doesn’t have to be difficult; all you need to do is make sure you brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, paying particular attention to the gum line and the spaces between your teeth. Flossing is also crucial and something that many people choose to neglect; this is usually because people see it as dull or time-consuming. However, if you make the effort to build it into your daily routine, you’ll find flossing quickly becomes standard practice. Mouthwash isn’t necessary; however, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash can help remove any hidden bacteria or particles.
Tackling Teeth Grinding
A real big enemy of veneers is teeth grinding. Lots of people grind their teeth often without even realising it. The act of grinding puts lots of strain on the surface of the veneers, which could wear them down or even cause chips or cracks. If you suspect yourself to either be a day or night teeth grinder, then speak to your dentist to find ways to tackle it. For those who grind their teeth in their sleep, there are lots of sleep guards available to help, and those who grind through the day might need to tackle the source of the grinding, which could either be an orthodontic issue or a psychological one.
Veneers are actually pretty durable and designed to take a lot of pressure, but you won’t be doing any harm if you really take a second to think about how you are chewing. Chewing, in general, shouldn’t cause you any major issues, but it’s best to avoid chewing anything overly tough, such as chewy toffee, and whatever you do, don’t try to open bottles with your teeth!
Staining is another enemy of veneers; just like your natural teeth, veneers can stain. Certain foods such as red wine, tea, coffee, curry, and fruit juice can stain your teeth, so limiting your intake of these will help protect that brilliant white look. It’s also an excellent idea to always carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you in order to protect your teeth; just giving them that little quick clean will get rid of the tannins from their surfaces and help protect against staining.
Once you’ve been through a big dental treatment, it’s natural to want to avoid the dentist, but it’s important that you continue to attend regular checkups to protect your veneers from unseen issues.