How to Care for Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are shell-like treatments that fully cover the front of the tooth enamel. Veneers can cover one or all of the teeth in the smile line, addressing multiple problems like crooked teeth, discoloration, and damage. We work with local dental labs to create custom porcelain veneers in our Williamsburg, VA, dental office. Here, learn more about what dental veneers can do for your smile and how to maintain your veneers, ensuring that they last for many years.

Caring for porcelain veneers in Williamsburg, VA

What Do Dental Veneers Do?

Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can treat a variety of aesthetic problems. Dental veneers can address:

  • Tooth gaps
  • Discolored teeth
  • Tooth damage
  • Crooked teeth

If you have multiple teeth that you want to address in your smile line, veneers may be right for you. We will work with you to determine if veneers are the best options for your smile. Patients need to commit to their veneers because we prepare their natural enamel before bonding the shell-like treatments to each tooth. Dental veneers require tooth preparation to ensure that they do not feel bulky and look as natural as possible. 

Caring for Porcelain Veneers in Williamsburg, VA

After you receive your veneers, it’s important to care for them properly so they can last. There are many ways to care for your veneers to prevent damage or discoloration:

  • Brush and Floss: As with your natural teeth, it’s important to brush and floss between your veneers. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid toothpaste that contains abrasive materials like charcoal or even silica derivatives. Brushing your veneers can also help prevent them from staining prematurely. 
  • Don’t Use Teeth as Tools: Using your teeth to open packages can potentially damage the natural tooth enamel. If you have dental veneers and use your teeth as tools, you can damage or break your veneers. Dental veneers are durable, but pressure on the veneers can create permanent damage.
  • Don’t Chew on Hard Foods or Objects: Especially chewy or hard foods can damage your porcelain veneers. Additionally, avoid chewing on ice because it can place increased pressure on your veneers and your natural teeth. 
  • Avoid Sugar and Acids: We recommend that patients avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugars or acids because they can build up on the veneers and contribute to plaque and tartar. Dental veneers and other cosmetic treatments are not immune to harmful, decay-causing bacteria. Hydrating, brushing, flossing, and eating healthily can also combat bacterial buildup from sugars.

Have you been thinking about trying dental veneers? Contact our office for a consultation today at 757-216-9873. Feel free to request a dental appointment with Dr. Stacey Hall. Let Dr. Hall know if you have any questions about veneer treatment or current concerns that veneers can address. Dr. Hall will be happy to help you.