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Kettering, OH area patients ask, “How do I care for my porcelain veneers?”

Dr. Daniel Cobb, Alex Bell Dental Kettering, OH area patients ask, "How do I care for my porcelain veneers?"

Veneers are increasing in popularity, which means more and more patients are inquiring about the treatment and after-care. The porcelain shells are versatile and are a great way to cover a number of imperfections including cracks, chips, permanent discoloration, irregular sizes or shapes, and alignment. In most cases, porcelain veneers give patients a brand new smile in just a couple of appointments.

The porcelain veneer process is straightforward. Patients will need to be in good oral health, and any decay or disease will need to be treated prior to receiving the veneers. Once the teeth are ready, impressions are taken and sent to the laboratory for fabrication of the veneer. Once they are completed and sent to the office, you will return for final placement. Minor adjustments can be made prior to permanent placement on the front of the teeth.

Once patients have their brand new smile, the first question is often, “How do I keep them looking this great?” The answer is simple. By following these steps, you can ensure that your veneers last a long time and continue to look amazing.

  1. Maintain a good oral hygiene routine – Porcelain is very durable, but since natural teeth are still in place, they are susceptible to decay. It is important to maintain proper daily brushing and flossing to keep the mouth healthy. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with a non-abrasive toothpaste.
  2. Limit stain-causing beverages – Although Porcelain is resistant to staining, the bonding agent can still be susceptible to stains. Try to limit consuming beverages such as wine, coffee, or soda. If you do have them, make sure to brush or rinse immediately afterward.
  3. Avoid biting hard objects or clenching the teeth – Porcelain is strong, but it can be susceptible to breakage with continued force. It’s also important to avoid using your teeth for functions such as opening a package.

With proper care, porcelain veneers are a solution that can give you a beautiful smile for many years. To receive more information from your Kettering, OH area dentist, call Alex Bell Dental and set up a consultation.

 

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