Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment with many benefits to patients looking for a permanent solution to crooked, discolored, or chipped teeth. Veneers are shell-like caps that are permanently bonded to teeth to enhance your smile. Though this is a permanent dental treatment, patients must take care of their veneers to ensure the cosmetic benefits are long-lasting. Dr. Nishan Halim, a dentist in Washington, DC, offers advice for patients to maintain their porcelain veneers.
Pay attention to your bite
When you first get porcelain veneers, it can take some time to get used to how they feel in your mouth. Your dentist will construct your veneers with consideration to the size, shape, and color of your teeth, as well as your aesthetic goals for your smile. Your dentist will make sure they fit well in your mouth, making adjustments before bonding them to your teeth. If you notice that your veneers seem misaligned or crooked, you should let your dentist know. Bite issues can damage your teeth, veneers, or jaw over time, so problems should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Avoid unnecessary pressure to teeth
Porcelain veneers are a permanent cosmetic solution, meaning the ceramic material of the veneers is durable enough to endure the wear and tear of daily use. However, they are not indestructible. When exposed to pressure, veneers are susceptible to breakage. This means you should avoid biting hard items, including fingernails, ice, or the end of a pen. Dentists may recommend that patients who grind their teeth find an alternative cosmetic treatment because the pressure from this behavior can damage veneers. Awareness of oral habits can protect your veneers.
Keep good oral hygiene habits
Just as there are habits to avoid with your porcelain veneers, there are habits you should maintain. Good oral hygiene ensures that your veneers are clean and the surrounding teeth and gums are healthy enough to make sure your veneers are long-lasting. This entails brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Regular dental visits are part of a good oral health regimen. Your dentist can clear plaque that is missed by traditional brushing. With proper maintenance, porcelain veneers can last for longer than a decade.
Porcelain veneers and more in Washington, DC
Dr. Halim offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental treatments to patients in Washington, DC. Our practice also specializes in general and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 202.318.4113.