Are you dealing with crooked, spaced, or imperfect teeth? If so, seeing your cosmetic dentist for a flaw-free smile could be what you’re after. However, with veneers, you need to know how to take care of your new smile to ensure that your veneers last as long as possible.
Although veneers are durable, some habits need to go as they will affect the longevity of your brand-new smile.
Eating Chewy, Fibrous, and Sticky Foods
Even the most delectable candy, a chewy granola bar, or well-cooked steak can go against the rules of your veneers. While they are delicious, they should be consumed with caution no matter how appetizing they may sound. If you have veneers and want to eat steak, make sure that you cut it up into small, bite-sized pieces to ensure that you don’t harm your veneers.
It is best to completely avoid sticky and chewy foods. They put far too much pressure on veneers which can cause them to break. Chewy and sticky foods can be particularly dangerous when you’re making twisting motions while eating them.
Not only are they sticky and chewy, but often they contain very high amounts of sugar. While veneers are resistant to cavities, your natural tooth structure is not.
Drinking Without a Straw
Veneers are usually resistant to stains. However, the dental structures underneath them are not. When you drink with a straw, the straw helps to push the stain-and cavity-causing molecules to the very back of your throat avoiding your teeth.
When your natural tooth stains, your veneers will appear darker at times causing less-than-perfect results. The backside of your teeth that you don’t see can also develop damage and lead to bad cracks and chips. To avoid any stains or dental issues, use a straw when you drink beverages.
Chewing on Inedible Objects and Ice Cubes
Millions of people around the world chew on items that they shouldn’t such as ice cubes, pen caps, and plastic clothing tags. They often do this to reduce stress, tension, or nervousness. However, these habits can severely affect your natural tooth. That is why you should make sure that you break this habit before receiving your veneers.
Consuming Too Much Alcohol and Acidic Beverages
Alcoholic drinks and acidic beverages are very bad for both your natural teeth during this treatment. Consuming these drinks on a daily basis or too often can affect the lifespan of your veneers and natural teeth.