Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry restoration that can address a wide range of aesthetic imperfections with your smile. These thin shells of dental porcelain are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to provide a more attractive appearance.
When properly cared for, your porcelain veneers can last a long time and help you maintain a beautiful smile. The following tips will help you maintain your results for years to come.
Important Lifestyle Habits to Adopt with Porcelain Veneers
Adopting the following lifestyle adjustments will help you get the most out of your porcelain veneers:
- Quit smoking – While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, your natural teeth aren’t. If you smoke, any teeth without veneers will stain at a more rapid rate than teeth covered by veneers, creating an unevenly colored smile. In addition, smoking can damage the bonding material used to secure your veneers to the surface of your teeth.
- Avoid actions that may chip your veneers – Habits such as chewing on fingernails, pens, ice and other hard objects can cause your veneers to chip. Avoiding these actions will prolong the lifetime of your restoration.
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine – The best way to care for your porcelain veneers is to maintain good oral hygiene practices. This should include brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting Dr. Bellisario twice a year for regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings.
- Limit consumption of staining foods and beverages – As discussed with smoking, your natural teeth will stain more rapidly than your veneers. This will significantly impact the appearance of your smile. To avoid this issue, you should limit your consumption of foods and beverages which stain your teeth. This includes coffee, tea, colas, red wine, dark fruits and tomato sauce. When drinking beverages that may stain your teeth, try to use a straw in order to prevent the liquid from coming into contact with your teeth.
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Please contact the Office of Doctor Bellisario using the form on this page or call 610-642-7024 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Ardmore, Bryn Mawr and throughout the Philadelphia area.