What your dentist in Bowie wants you to know about caring for porcelain veneers
If you’ve decided on porcelain veneers, you’ve made an excellent choice guaranteed to give you many years of sparkling, beautiful smiles. You may be wondering how to take care of your new porcelain veneers. Do you have to do anything special to clean your veneers? Is there anything you shouldn’t do? Your dentists at Omni Dental Group in Bowie, Maryland want to help sort out the do’s and don’ts of caring for your new veneers.
Porcelain veneers don’t pick up stains the way natural teeth do. This makes them an excellent choice for smokers and coffee drinkers who still want a beautiful white smile. The high-tech materials used to make porcelain veneers also make them strong, but there are still some lifestyle issues you need to avoid with porcelain veneers. Remember:
- Don’t use your teeth as tools for opening packages or tearing open things.
- Don’t bite into hard foods like candy, and don’t bite your fingernails or chew ice.
- If you play contact sports or activities, always wear an appropriate mouthguard.
If you know that you grind your teeth at night, stop in and visit your dentists in Bowie as soon as possible to be fitted with a nightguard. Grinding or clenching can be damaging to your veneers, so protect them with a nightguard as soon as you can.
You can clean your porcelain veneers just like your natural teeth, however, it’s best to avoid abrasive toothpastes. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth are best. Ask your dentist before using whitening or tartar control toothpastes on your veneers.
You might consider getting a sonic or electric toothbrush because vibrating toothbrushes are an effective tool for daily oral care. You should also floss at least once each day.
Even if you practice excellent oral care, it’s vital to visit your dentists in Bowie regularly, once every 6 months for professional cleanings, and at least yearly for an exam and x-rays. Your hygienist will examine your gums to look for irritation, and polish your veneers with a mild, non-abrasive paste to keep them sparkling. Your dentists will check for any problems with your veneers.
You will get the most out of your investment if you take excellent care of your porcelain veneers. You don’t have to care for your veneers alone when help is just a phone call away. Call your dentists at Omni Dental Group in Bowie, Maryland today to find out more about caring for your porcelain veneers!
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Bowie, MD 20716
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