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Caring for your dental veneers


If you recently had new dental veneers applied, you should be beaming with pride over how beautiful your new smile looks. Your new teeth should now look pristine and perfectly sculpted. However, like most good investments, proper maintenance is central to maximizing your long-term returns. Even as the dental restoration is working wonders for you – and I’m sure earning heaps of praise while at it – you would need to take good care of them to make sure that your veneered teeth retain its bright and healthy state for the long haul.


The good news is, your dental veneers are not only stain resistant they are built to last for many years. It doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t need to maintain an active oral hygiene regime – which includes daily at-home routines like brushing and flossing as well as a minimum of twice yearly regular checks for professional cleans. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the key to looking after your veneered teeth is to treat them like you would your own natural teeth.


Dental veneers are thin shells of tooth coverings that are held in place with a special bonding agent – that adheres them to your existing teeth structure to hide your dental flaws. It is therefore important that you allow some time – about a week or so – for the bonding effect to set in. During this period, you should avoid hard chews as well as foods and beverages that are too hot or cold. You should continue to brush and floss as you would with your natural teeth. The same dental problems that affect your natural teeth – like plaque and bacterial build-up leading to tooth decays and gum diseases – can occur with your veneered teeth as well. It is also a good idea to visit a dentist every six months to make sure that your veneers remain intact and are not loosened or twisted in any way, as such distortions may render the veneers vulnerable to decay.


The two major things you should protect your new veneers from are grinds and stains.


If you suffer from bruxism – that is, you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping ­– you may ask your cosmetic dentist for a protective mouth guard to be worn before going to bed. If your veneers are made of porcelain, they are very durable compared with those made form composite resins. Nonetheless, excessive pressure like grinding may still cause chipping even with the high-strength porcelain laminates. That is why the protective device is highly recommended for bruxists.


To protect your veneers from stains, it is highly recommended that you use gentle whitening toothpaste with a special formulation that removes stains without any abrasive action. The gentle whitening products also prevent the build up of stain films and plaque on the veneers. Of course, you should also avoid stain-causing substances, foods and beverages to maintain the pristine look of your veneered teeth. Smoking, excessive coffee, tea or wine drinking should be greatly reduced or stopped where possible. These habits will stain your veneers the same way they would the rest of your pearly whites, so kicking them would prove a win-win-situation for you.


Not only are dental veneers a superb aesthetic solution, they look and feel just like your own teeth. If you curious to find out what dental veneers can do to beautify your smile, speak to a dentist at Dentistry@Ballarat. For more info on Dentistry at Ballarat, call +61(3) 53649555 or visit dentistryatballarat.com.au


Why do you take an hour for the first exam, when other dentists don’t? Why do I need to see a hygienist? Can’t the dentist just clean my teeth? Will they cost more? I haven’t been to a dentist in years & I’m worried about what they might find. What’s the difference between a porcelain filling
and a cheaper one?
How do our dentists look
aftertheir own teeth?
Why do I need X-rays?
Do they do me any harm?
If it isn’t currently broken,
do I need to get it fixed?