Tips and tricks on caring for your veneers

January 6, 2020 by Dr Paul Abrahams

Veneers

How to maintain your veneers

Though once restricted to the world of movie stars and celebs, in recent years veneers have become much more common in the UK.

dental veneersWhen it comes to changing their teeth – the Brits outdid the Americans, with 43% of people saying they would like teeth whitening treatments, veneers or Invisalign, compared to just 36% of Americans. 

On top of this, a recent report which surveyed 1000 UK residents (over 18) showed that 76% of UK residents want to change something about their appearance (compared to 80% in the US). 

Looking at these stats, it is not a surprise that we have more and more people coming into our London based clinic asking for veneers. 

Who can get veneers?

Porcelain, easy-t0-fit veneers are available to all adults, and they can be used to target issues including:

Veneers are made from wafer-thin ceramic shells, and each shell is individually designed to suit your specific smile.

We can alter the shape, size, colour and texture in order to create the perfect personalised look for your mouth.

We offer many options – from natural-looking smiles to dramatic, snow-white Hollywood smiles, and we can target single teeth or give you a full smile makeover.

Due to their long-lasting natural tooth appearance and minimal preparation, porcelain veneers are often the treatment of choice for our patients.

Veneers have the appeal that (unlike dentures) you can constantly wear them in your mouth.

They are non-removable and so effectively they work the same as normal teeth.

Your veneers should last around 10-15 years, although natural wear will occur over time (just like chipping on your original teeth).

However, it is useful to be slightly careful about what you are eating, in order to involve any unnecessary damage and staining.

Avoid foods which could be damaging 

  • Ice and hard sweets: veneers are strong just like your teeth, but they are not unbreakable!
  • Coffee, red wine, dark coloured beverages: we recommend staying away from foods which will stain the teeth, or using a straw or brushing your teeth straight after.
  •  Alcohol: alcohol can cause the teeth to lose their shine more quickly
  • Toffees and sticky foods: eat these sparingly!

Now that we have covered what to avoid – how should you actually care for your veneers? 

  • Oral hygiene – keep brushing regularly (minimum of two times daily for two minutes)
  • Regular flossing – daily and after each meal
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash to target hard to reach places in the mouth
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year
  • Eat less sugar to avoid decay

If you have any additional queries or want to find out more about how to look after your veneers to the highest standard, call us today on 020 7586 1210 or book online here.

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