What am I allowed to eat with porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are strongly bonded to the surface of your teeth, meaning you can eat almost any type of food. However, right after your veneers are first placed, it can take time for you to get used to the new position of your bite. We recommend eating softer foods for the first few days after placement until you feel comfortable and confident with your new bite.
Can I floss with porcelain veneers?
Yes. In fact, flossing your porcelain veneers is very important. Plaque can build up between your teeth and lead to decay along the edges where the veneer meets your natural tooth. Practicing good dental hygiene will help your veneers last, and keep the teeth they are attached to healthy.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
Despite their inherent thinness, veneers become very durable once they are bonded to your teeth. However, the same things that can damage your natural teeth can damage your porcelain veneers as well. For example, if you use your teeth as a tool to open items, bite your fingernails, or chew on ice, your veneers may be at risk of cracking.
With proper care, your porcelain veneers can last for well over a decade – or longer.
Will porcelain veneers change color over time?
Because of the density and smoothness of the material, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. We almost never see porcelain veneers change color or darken over the years.
Unlike cosmetic bonding and teeth whitening, veneers will provide you with a more consistent color over the years. If you smoke, you may pick up some stains, but most of the time they can be polished away, and improved brushing techniques can prevent the same issue from happening again.
Will I see a black line above the veneer if my gumline recedes?
No. Dark lines only appear if a patient has received a porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration and their gumline recedes. Since porcelain veneers are incredibly thin, tooth-colored, and contain no metal, they will look natural even if your gums recede.
Having your porcelain veneers placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist is important. Dr. Bellisario will ensure your veneers have a margin above the gum tissue so they are easier to clean, and naturally blend in with the tooth they are attached to.
If you have more questions about porcelain veneers, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario online or call 610-642-7024 today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the rest of the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.