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Take care of your Miami veneers to extend their life

As with any dental restoration, veneers need a little extra respect. To ensure the beauty and longevity of your veneers, there are a few tips you should bear in mind.

Porcelain veneers are very strong, but care must still be taken with them. Chewing isn't generally a problem because chewing is done with the back teeth. However, caution must be exercised when biting into foods. Items such as carrots, apples, corn on the cob, hard candy, nuts, and spareribs can put undue pressure on the veneered teeth. This can weaken the bond and the excess force on the porcelain may cause it to crack.

A few habits must be broken as well. If you are accustomed to biting off sewing thread, chewing on ice, biting your fingernails, smoking a pipe, opening packages or bottles with your teeth, or holding hard items between them, you should stop. All of these things can damage your veneers.

One of the many things that are great about porcelain veneers is their resistance to staining, they are coated with a glaze to keep them color stable throughout their lifetime. However, they are not stain proof. It is advisable to stay away from coffee, red wine, tea, and dark fruit juices. If you drink a lot of these beverages, it is recommended that you use a straw to bypass your veneers with the staining liquid.

Daily oral hygiene should consist of brushing gently with a soft bristle tooth brush and flossing. Avoid whitening toothpastes, as most of them contain abrasives. Gel toothpaste is recommended to protect your veneers from scratches and to preserve their glaze. Make certain that you tell your hygienist that you have veneers. There are special polishing pastes made specifically for veneers that are less abrasive so they will not damage the glaze.

Excellent maintenance and a little caution are the secrets to keeping your veneers undamaged and beautiful for a long time. Developing a few simple habits, and breaking a few others, will extend their life and their looks.

Now that you know how easy they are to take care of, call Dr. Pasquier at Miami Modern Dental today and learn what Miami veneers can do for you.

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