If you’re unhappy with your smile, dental veneers may be a good solution for you. Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They can correct a wide variety of imperfections and are one of the most popular ways to improve the look of one’s smile. If you are considering dental veneers, or if you already have them, it is important to know how to care for them properly so they continue looking as good as the day you got them. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of veneers and how to keep your dental veneers white.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They can correct a wide variety of imperfections, such as:
- Spacing issues
- Uneven teeth
Veneers are made from either porcelain or composite resin, which is a plastic material mixed with glass. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and natural looking, while composite resin veneers are less expensive and can be applied in a single visit. Composite veneers can also be directly hardened on the front side of teeth, while porcelain veneers need to be made in a dental lab and are applied by bonding them to the front of your teeth with a strong adhesive.
How to keep your veneers white
Once you have your veneers, it is important to take care of them so they will last for many years and continue looking great. It is important to note that composite veneers stain easier than porcelain veneers. Even though porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, they can also eventually stain when not cared for properly. To keep your veneers dazzling, here are some tips on how to keep your veneers white:
Good Oral Hygiene:
You should brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Removing plaque with brushing and flossing is important because it prevents it from hardening into tartar. Both plaque and tartar increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, while also looking unsightly on veneers. Be sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste so that you don’t damage the surface of your veneers.
Schedule Regular Teeth Cleanings:
You should see your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning. During these cleanings, your dentist will remove any tartar or plaque that has built up on your teeth. They will also polish your teeth and treat them with fluoride. Regular teeth cleanings minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and keep your veneers looking white and clean.
Minimize Drinking Certain Beverages:
Certain highly pigmented beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine can all stain your teeth and veneers, especially if you drink them frequently. If you do drink these beverages, be sure to rinse and/or brush your teeth afterwards. It can also be helpful to use a straw to minimize the amount of contact the beverage has with your veneers.
Use a Soft Bristled Toothbrush:
When you brush your teeth, it is important to make sure that you are not using a brush with hard bristles and that you are not pushing too hard. Both hard bristled toothbrushes and applying too much pressure can damage the porcelain coating on your veneers. Overtime, this can make your veneers more susceptible to staining. A soft bristled toothbrush will not damage your veneers and will help remove any plaque or bacteria from your teeth.
Wear a Night guard:
If you grind your teeth at night, you should wear a night guard to protect your veneers from damage. While you may not know you grind your teeth, your dentist will be able to tell you during your dental exam. This is because teeth grinding causes specific wear patterns on the teeth. Night guards fit over the teeth (and veneers) in order to protect them from chipping, cracking, or wearing down prematurely.
Dental veneers are a popular way to improve the look of one’s smile. Veneers can correct a wide variety of imperfections and if you’re considering them, it is important to know how to care for them properly so they continue looking as good as the day you got them. By following these tips, you can keep your veneers looking white and beautiful for many years to come!If you have any questions about dental veneers or how to care for them, be sure to ask your dentist. They will be happy to help you keep your smile looking its best!
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.