Table of Contents
- 1 What are dental veneers?
- 2 Care and recommendations for dental veneers
- 2.1 Avoid food and drinks with colourings
- 2.2 Avoid hard and sticky foods
- 2.3 Avoid smoking
- 2.4 Toothbrushing
- 2.5 Flossing
- 2.6 Use of Mouthwash
- 2.7 Biting hard objects
- 2.8 Do not use teeth as a tool
- 2.9 Treating bruxism
- 2.10 Visiting the dentist
- 2.11 Maintenance of veneers
- 2.12 Seeing a dentist as a matter of urgency in the event of any problem
The placement of dental veneers is one of the most demanded dental aesthetic treatments in recent years. Due to their high effectiveness and increasingly affordable prices, many people manage to change the colour, shape and texture of their teeth to achieve the smile they have always wanted.
Although they are made of highly resistant materials, we must not forget that veneers are not as strong as tooth enamel itself. They also need specific care to prolong their life as much as possible.
Do you know how to care for dental veneers so that they look as natural as the first day? We give you the best recommendations for you to put them into practice:
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are a type of dental prosthesis that consists of a thin layer bonded to the surface of the tooth. They are used to correct the colour, shape or size of the teeth, improving the appearance of the smile instantly after fitting.
There are many types of materials used in the manufacture and design of veneers. Among the most common are composite, porcelain and resin veneers, each with different characteristics, advantages and disadvantages that will determine the patient's choice.
Care and recommendations for dental veneers
Just as it is important to take care of the health of the tooth enamel, the thin porcelain or composite veneers need extra care. The veneers are bonded to the outside of the tooth by a strong adhesive. However, over time they can become loose or start to change their appearance.
Composite veneers last around 5 years, while porcelain veneers, which are more resistant, last between 10 and 15 years. After assessing you, your dentist will be responsible for advising you on the best treatment option.
If you want your veneers to last as long as possible, take care of them like your natural teeth by following these recommendations:
Avoid food and drinks with dyes
This is especially true for composite veneers. They tend to stain easily when dark foods and drinks are consumed frequently. Coffee, red wine, tea, cola, red fruits, soy sauce and dark chocolate are some of the foods and drinks that should not be abused in order for the veneers to maintain their natural colour.
Avoid hard and sticky foods
Veneers can break due to the consumption of very hard foods, so it is recommended to be very careful when consuming them and preferably cut or grind them using the back teeth. Sticky foods also pose a great risk to veneers, as they can cause them to become detached.
Another of the substances that can darken and alter the appearance of dental veneers, as well as the natural teeth themselves, is the nicotine in tobacco. This can affect the shade of the veneers. Tobacco is also very harmful and it is advisable to reduce or completely eliminate its consumption.
Essential in all cases. Tooth brushing is essential to maintain the integrity of dental veneers. Dental veneers are not exempt from dental biofilm formation and tartar build-up.
The GingiKIN B5 Toothpastetoothpaste, with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) among other ingredients, helps control dental biofilm on both natural tooth enamel and veneers.
It also contains fluoride and xylitol to prevent tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel, as well as provitamin B5 and vitamin B3 to tone gums.
We must not forget the importance of interdental cleaning, as a large part of oral bacteria accumulates between the teeth. The use of dental floss or, if necessary, interdental brushes, ensures greater cleanliness throughout the mouth.
Use of Mouthwash
To complete oral hygiene and protect the integrity of the veneers, mouthwashes are the best complement. The Mouthwash GingiKIN B5 after brushing offers complete anti-plaque protection, strengthening the enamel and gums.
Biting hard objects
A bad habit that is totally incompatible with the use of dental veneers is recurrent chewing on hard objects such as a pen. This habit could damage the material, which becomes more fragile over time and can break or peel off.
Do not use teeth as a tool
Another common habit that is harmful to teeth is using them to open objects, cut certain materials or hold some hard and heavy things. Without realising it, these little habits can take their toll on your tooth enamel, but especially on your delicate veneers.
People who suffer from bruxism, clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth involuntarily, are at greater risk of breaking their veneers. To avoid this, the use of an unloading splint is a great help to treat it and prevent tooth wear.
Visit the dentist
A yearly visit to the dentist for a check-up and professional cleaning is another measure for the care of dental veneers. In this way, any problems can be detected and treated at an early stage.
Maintenance of veneers
In addition, veneers need their own maintenance depending on the type of material they are made of. These check-ups should be carried out every 5 to 10 years depending on the material of which the veneer is made. During this evaluation, the professional will assess their condition and whether they need to be replaced or some kind of treatment to keep them in a suitable condition.
Seeing a dentist as a matter of urgency in the event of any problem
Don't hesitate to visit your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any changes in the shape or composition of your veneers. If for any reason they become loose, start to move, or show strange colourations, it is important to act in time to avoid further damage.
Take good care of your teeth and veneers by following these recommendations, and they will last longer. Use the best products for great results - you'll notice!