The longevity of your porcelain veneers greatly depends on how well you take care of them. Dr. Gerald Middleton DDS of Riverside, CA offers some suggestions for properly taking care of your porcelain veneers.
Good Oral Care at Home: Brush and floss daily with a nonabrasive toothpaste containing fluoride. Good oral care at home helps prevent periodontitis which can cause your gums to recede. Veneers are placed right at the gum line. If your gums do start to recede the appearance of your veneers could be compromised.
Avoid excessive force: No biting your fingernails, hairpins, ice or hard candy. These types of things can break or dislodge a veneer.
No clenching and grinding your teeth: By grinding your teeth your veneers can be chipped or broken due to the force generated by these actions. If you suffer from bruxism at night, talk to Dr. Middleton about a night guard to protect your teeth and veneers.
Steer Clear of Staining Foods and Drink: Although porcelain veneers are very resistant to staining the cement used to hold them in place can stain over time. Try to avoid coffee, tea, soda, wine and tobacco.
Contact Dr. Middleton at (951) 688-3442 for more information on porcelain veneers or to make an appointment. Visit his website www.gmdental.com.