The A – Z of Veneer Care: Keeping Your Veneers White for Life
Investing in porcelain veneers means investing in a beautiful smile for life, but only if you treat them well. Just like your actual teeth, veneers are susceptible to damage and discolouration. Here are the top tips the professionals from our Victoria team recommend to make sure your veneers always look as good as the first day you got them.
- We know they taste delicious, but try to stay away from foods like tea and coffee, red wine, cola, soy sauce, and curry powders such as turmeric. The bonded material in veneers will gradually absorb pigmentation from these treats in much the same way natural teeth will. If you need to drink a soda, use a straw to help minimize contact with your new smile.
- Make sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste. Certain products can damage the polish on your veneers and damage their appearance.
- While veneers are durable, they are not as strong as your natural teeth. Chomping down hard on ice, hard candy, pens or hairpins could cause veneers to crack and break. If you have been known to clench or grind your teeth (bruxism) your dentist can fit you with a nightguard to wear while you sleep to reduce the impact on your veneers. Always wear a mouthguard when playing high impact sports that could put your veneers at risk.
- Stay away from cigarettes. Smoking will cause irreversible discolouration to your veneers (and doesn’t do much for your breath either)