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How To Prevent Damaging Or Cracking Your Porcelain Veneers

Your new porcelain veneers have given you the confidence you have always dreamed of and you want to ensure that your smile remains beautiful for as long as possible. Just like your natural teeth, your porcelain veneers are vulnerable to cracking and damage, which why it is so important to ensure you care for your veneers properly.

Here are a few simple things you can do to protect your porcelain veneers from breaking and cracking.

Ensure the Veneers Fit Properly

Your dentist will work to ensure that your porcelain veneers fit properly and that they will remain intact and look amazing for several years to come. It is up to you as a patient to work with your dentist to ensure that the veneers both fit properly and are bonded correctly. After your permanent veneers are fitted, pay close attention to how they look and feel.

If in the first hours and days after your porcelain veneers are fitted the veneers are slipping or painful or you suspect the bond is failing, contact your cosmetic dentist right away. The dentist will adjust or replace the veneers to ensure that you have minimal issues with the veneers' fit in the future.

Maintain a Proper Oral Hygiene Routine

One of the simplest ways you can prevent damage to your porcelain veneers is to maintain a strict oral hygiene routine. This includes the basics you have been doing for years, including brushing your teeth regularly and flossing. Your dentist may ask you to visit more frequently to keep an eye on your veneers, so make sure to follow your dentist's recommendations.

Additionally, avoid any foods that can crack your veneers, including hard or chewy items. Never use your teeth for anything besides eating. Do not use your teeth to open bottles or rip open packages.

Talk to Your Dentist About Bruxism

Otherwise known as grinding your teeth, bruxism is a common condition that you may not even know is damaging your porcelain veneers. This is because many patients with bruxism grind their teeth or clench their jaw while they are sleeping or perform these actions during the day without even realizing it. Your dentist can help you find ways to combat your bruxism and protect your veneers, such as wearing a mouthguard at night.

Your porcelain veneers are designed to be strong and give you the smile you have always wanted, but your veneers are not invulnerable to cracking and damage. Contact your dentist with any other questions you may have about how to properly maintain your porcelain veneers.

To learn more, contact a cosmetic dentist.