When you get veneers, it can finally feel like you have the smile of your dreams. You may be walking around, looking for every opportunity to show off your pearly whites. To keep that glowing feeling and that sparkly look lasting as long as possible, keep in mind these important steps for taking care of your new dental veneers:
- Maintain Daily At-Home Oral Hygiene
- Watch What You Chew On
- Get a Guard
No special changes are necessary for your daily at-home oral care if you’ve been following the recommended guidelines of brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. Doing this will keep your gums and tooth roots healthy, which in turn will help keep your veneers looking great. If you’re having a tough time staying consistent, try switching to an electric toothbrush and water flosser.
Before getting veneers, you may not have thought twice about chewing on some ice, your pen, a jawbreaker, lollipop, or unpopped popcorn kernel, but you definitely should now. That intense pressure from chewing on a hard material can end up chipping or cracking the material that your veneers are made out of.
If you play a lot of contact sports and you don’t already have a custom athletic mouthguard, now is the time to get one. Wearing a well-fitted mouthguard will help prevent your veneers from suffering potential damage from a blow to the face, a fall, or a collision. Additionally, if you grind your teeth at night while you’re sleeping (a condition called bruxism), you should get a custom nightguard so you don’t end up damaging your dazzling new veneers.
Expert Help in Lake Oswego, Portland & Bellevue
Do you need more help keeping your dental veneers in their very best shape? As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Optima Dental Spa team. We are proud providers of veneers at our practice, and we can answer any questions you might have about the cosmetic procedure. Or if you are interested in getting veneers and you’re here doing preliminary research, all you need to do is give us a call or send us an email to set up your complimentary consultation!