Looking After Your Dental Veneers
Tips for taking good care of new porcelain veneers.
In some cases, patients of the Confidental Clinic in Streatham who have had dental veneers fitted, have done so due to severe discoloration of their teeth. Whilst they are excellent for this purpose, they can also be used when the teeth are chipped, cracked or where significant enamel erosion has occurred.
The procedure itself is relatively straightforward, and, once fitted, veneers usually last in the region of ten years before they need to be replaced. However, this does not mean that you can ignore them entirely if you want them to remain strong and in good condition, so with this in mind, below we take a look at some aftercare tips for your new veneers.
Cleaning your teeth
Although veneers are made from porcelain and therefore can’t decay, you should still make sure to clean your teeth well, including those with veneers attached. Although the veneer can’t decay, the rest of the tooth that it is attached to certainly can. If a tooth decays, it may not be able to secure the veneer sufficiently well and may lead to it becoming detached. Regular brushing and cleaning, as well as regular check up appointments with your local Streatham dentists should be sufficient to help keep your teeth in good health.
As well as brushing; if you don’t already, you should add inter-dental cleaning to your oral health regimen. This is especially important in the fight against gum disease, as well as decay. Tiny food particles and bacterial deposits often collect in the spaces between the teeth, and also on the gum line, where a toothbrush may not easily reach. Used correctly, dental floss or an inter dental brush are excellent methods of keeping these areas clean.
Although quite rare, veneers can become detached from the tooth. This is perhaps more likely to happen after some time as the dental adhesive, attaching it to the tooth, becomes less efficient. Even then, it is unlikely to occur with normal use. It is often habits such as biting fingernails or pens, or similar hard surfaces, that can cause the veneer to become detached.
In the event that this does happen, you should not attempt to reattach it yourself with a household adhesive – this may sound strange but unfortunately this type of ‘DIY’ dentistry is more commom than you’d think and very often disastrous. Strong adhesives can be harmful to your teeth as they often contain corrosive ingredients which can cause a lot of damage. If you do experience a detached veneer, simply keep it in a safe place and contact our Streatham dental practice to arrange an appointment where we will replace it for you.
If you have any questions about dental veneers or any other procedure, cosmetic or general; our experienced dental team are happy to offer their advice to help you on your way to having both healthy and attractive teeth.
We can be contacted at the Confidental Clinic in Streatham by calling us on 020 8674 2052.