Few things are as exciting as a new smile!
The planning and treatment process is over, and now you can enjoy the benefits of a smile that add to your confidence and allows you to express yourself fully. You may find yourself smiling in the mirror everytime you walk past.
Now that you have the smile of your dreams, protecting your investment is important! Here are some self-care tips to practice when you have new porcelain veneers and would like to get the most out of them.
Never Use Your Teeth to Bite Anything Other Than Food
It may sound sort of silly, but you have probably seen someone struggling to open a package and resort to using their teeth to break the seal. Veneers are definitely strong and durable enough for eating, but if you bite into the wrong thing, you could damage your veneers or dislodge them.
Only bite into food and be sure to exercise caution eating foods with pits.
If You Grind Your Teeth, Ask for a Nightguard
Dr. Kifer will look for signs of teeth grinding at your dental exam. Such signs can include bite marks inside your cheeks, uneven or premature wear to all or some of your teeth, and bony growths under your tongue or on your palate.
Teeth grinding, called bruxism, can damage dental restorations and your natural teeth alike. Dr. Kifer designs custom oral appliances to protect your teeth from grinding and help relax your jaw.
Be Impeccable with Your Oral Hygiene
As with your natural teeth, the longevity of your dentistry depends on brushing and flossing your teeth as recommended. That means brushing gently for a full two minutes at least twice a day and flossing your teeth daily, making sure to wrap the floss around both sides of your teeth to remove as much plaque and food debris as possible.
Maintaining your dental exams and cleanings will allow us to detect anything that could put your new smile at risk.
Be sure to contact our Fayetteville dental office if your porcelain veneers ever become damaged or loose.