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Caring For Your Veneers: Maintenance And Hygiene Tips

Caring For Your Veneers: Maintenance And Hygiene Tips

Dental veneers are designed to cover significant tooth chips, discolouration, or gaps. These durable, wafer-thin porcelain shells are sculpted and tinted to look so much like real teeth that they are almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth. If you're one of the many people who have opted for veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth, it's essential to know how to care for them properly. Veneers are a significant investment, and if you take proper care of them, they can last for years to come. Let us provide you with some maintenance and hygiene tips to ensure your veneers stay looking great.

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Caring For Your Veneers

  1. Brush and floss regularly
    Just like your natural teeth, veneers require regular brushing and flossing to maintain their appearance and prevent decay. Make sure you brush twice a day for at least two minutes each time, and floss once a day to remove any food particles or plaque that may be trapped between your teeth and veneers.
  2. Use a non-abrasive toothpaste
    When choosing a toothpaste, make sure to use one that's non-abrasive. Abrasive toothpaste can scratch the surface of your veneers, making them more susceptible to staining and decay. Look for a toothpaste that's designed for sensitive teeth, as this will be gentle on your veneers while still providing effective cleaning.
  3. Avoid foods and drinks that stain
    Staining foods and drinks can dull the appearance of your veneers over time. To keep your veneers looking their finest, try to avoid foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-coloured berries. If you do consume these foods and drinks, make sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water afterward to remove any residue.
  4. Wear a mouthguard
    If you grind your teeth at night or participate in contact sports, it's essential to wear a custom mouthguard to protect your veneers. Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause chips and cracks in your veneers. Custom sports guards can protect your teeth from direct impacts. A custom mouthguard can protect your veneers and your teeth from damage.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly
    Regular dental exams are crucial for maintaining your veneers' appearance and identifying any potential issues early on. Your dentist can clean your teeth and check your veneers for any signs of wear, decay, or damage. They can also provide you with tips on how to care for your veneers at home and make any necessary repairs or adjustments.
  6. Consider a water flosser
    If you find it challenging to floss between your teeth and veneers, consider using a water flosser. Water flossers use a stream of water to clean between your teeth and gums, making it easier to remove any food particles or plaque. They're also gentle on your veneers, making them an excellent alternative to traditional flossing.
  7. Avoid biting hard objects
    Finally, it's crucial to avoid biting hard objects with your veneers. While veneers are durable, they can still chip or crack if you bite down on hard objects like ice, pens, or your fingernails. If you must chew on something, opt for softer foods like fruit or vegetables.

Veneers For A Straighter, Whiter Smile At Marlborough Dental

Caring for your veneers requires a little extra effort, but it's well worth it to keep them looking their finest. By brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding staining foods and drinks, wearing a mouthguard, visiting your dentist regularly, considering a water flosser, and avoiding biting hard objects, you can help ensure your veneers last for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about your veneers' maintenance, don't hesitate to contact your dentist for advice.

If you want to improve your smile with veneers, Marlborough Dental Centre can help. Our family dentistry clinic offers cosmetic dentistry services including porcelain veneers. With the help of our staff, you can discover all of the benefits of veneers and together we can create a straight, bright, beautiful smile. To schedule an appointment, contact Marlborough Dental Centre in NE Calgary at 1-403-248-2066 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How long does it take to apply veneers?
A: Typically, it will take two appointments: one to take the impression and one to apply the veneers. Each appointment will last no longer than an hour or two.

Q: Can veneers be removed?
A: This treatment is considered irreversible since part of the procedure entails shaving down some of the natural tooth structure and enamel. Veneers may be replaced, however. If the tooth is left without a veneer, it will be at high risk for damage, and infection, and will have an unhealthy and unappealing look.

Q: How long will it take to adjust to my new veneers?
A: Most patients report it taking up to two weeks for their bite to feel normal and for their chewing and speaking to feel completely natural.

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