With a little extra caution and care, you can extend the life of your porcelain veneers. But what exactly should you do to keep your veneers in top condition? We’ve compiled a simple list to help you maintain the health of your porcelain veneers and keep them lasting for as long as they should!

1. Regular Brushing and Flossing

Just like natural teeth, porcelain veneers require daily brushing and flossing. This is not for the veneer itself, but for the natural part of the tooth that surrounds it. This area is still susceptible to decay, so make sure you brush and floss twice daily! This will also help you avoid gum recession, which can be caused by plaque. Daily oral hygiene will not only keep your mouth healthy, it will help you prevent issues (such as gum recession) that could lead you to replacing a veneer!

2. Avoid Activities that Strain the Porcelain Veneer

Anything that could flex or twist your porcelain veneer can cause some serious damage. Don’t use your teeth for things like ripping open bags, as the motion can cause the tooth that supports your veneer to flex. This could cause the porcelain veneer to crack, break, or even come off. Avoid biting into hard foods like apples– you should cut these foods up and eat them piecemeal instead.

Porcelain veneers are good for the average oral functions, but certain stressful activities will risk damage to the veneer due to too much pressure. Avoid things like biting your fingernails, using your teeth to hold hairpins, or chewing ice. If you play sports or clench your teeth at night, it is essential to use a mouth guard.

3. Minimize Staining Foods, Drinks, & Activities

While porcelain veneers are superior to natural teeth in stain resistance, you should take care to minimize any staining that your veneers are exposed to. The veneer itself is not susceptible to staining, but the cement bonding the veneer in place is! If this layer becomes discolored, it could spoil the beautiful appearance of the veneer, and you will be forced to replace it. Minimize exposure to tea, coffee, wine, sodas, colorful sports drinks, tobacco products, and other staining materials.

Have questions about your porcelain veneers or want to make an appointment for a consultation? Call our office at (562) 434-6414.