Veneers are a modern aesthetic treatment used to obtain beautiful smiles, perfect for patients with stained, chipped, or gapped teeth. Before deciding on the procedure, it’s important to understand proper dental veneer maintenance.

Two Main Types of Dental Veneers

Composite or Porcelain: The best veneer material depends on individual goals and budgets.

Composite Veneers

  • Generally placed on the tooth in one appointment.
  • More affordable than porcelain veneers.
  • 4 to 8-year lifespan.
  • Require more maintenance as they are prone to chipping.
  • Once the tooth has been reshaped for the veneer, the dentist bonds and shapes the composite material to best match teeth. A special light is used to harden the material and the veneer is smoothed to resemble a natural tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

  • Popular for restoring the strength and appearance of teeth that may be:
    • Chipped, Cracked, or Broken
    • Discolored
    • Gapped
    • Poorly Shaped
    • Worn

7 Tips to Properly Maintain Dental Veneers

Tip 1: Practice Proper Oral Hygiene

  • Proper oral hygiene prolongs veneer lifespan and maintains oral health. Though porcelain veneers do not decay, there are parts of the teeth that may be exposed and be at risk for decay.

Tip 2: Use a Soft Toothbrush and Proper Toothpaste

  • Hard-bristled toothbrushes damage veneer polish.
  • Avoid toothpaste with harsh abrasives as they can damage veneers.

Tip 3: Prevent Gum Disease

  • Gum disease causes inflamed and receding gums.

Tip 4: Schedule Routine Dental Check-Ups

  • Schedule routine dental appointments to prolong veneer longevity.

Tip 5: Avoid Chewing on Objects

  • Chewing on hard objects can damage or chip veneers.

Tip 6: Avoid Grinding and Clenching Teeth

  • Talk to your dentist about teeth clenching or grinding habits.
  • Treatment options are available to help you stop before causing damage to teeth or veneers.

Tip 7: Avoid Teeth-Staining Foods

  • Avoid drinks such as coffee and soda.
  • Try using a straw in order to decrease veneer staining.
  • Quit smoking

Southwest Florida's Leader in Dental Veneers

Want to flash an award-winning smile without feeling conscious of your teeth? Veneers may be the answer! Veneers tremendously improve patients’ appearance and confidence.

Nobody does porcelain and composite veneers in Coral Gables and Doral, Florida better than iSmile by Dr. Sonia Olivares. Schedule your free consultation today!

We service Brickell, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Doral, Miami, and the surrounding South Florida areas.

To discover more about dental veneer maintenance, call iSmile of Coral Gables, FL at 305-620-8272 or iSmile of Doral, FL at 305-396-1026 today.

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