You have got your new dental veneers. Your teeth are now white and perfectly aligned without bleaching or the need to wear aligners. However, no matter how perfectly they fit, these veneers aren’t a natural part of your body and you need to familiarise with some basics on how to live with and look after them.
You don’t need to drastically change the way you care for your teeth once you get veneers. The width of each tooth will not be excessively increased, so flossing will not be a problem at all. Veneers are thicker than your natural tooth enamel, though you should use only non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Abrasive ones may sand out the shiny surface of the veneer and make it change colour over a long term. For the same reason you should only choose soft brushes, but it’s not as important as the choice of the toothpaste.
Porcelain veneers are very tightly bound to the surface of your teeth, though the bonding agent isn’t stronger than the veneer itself, so a part of it can be chipped, with or without parts of your natural teeth. Basically the only way for that to happen is a mechanical trauma. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth you have to report it to your dentist even before you commence with veneer smile design. Perhaps the dentist will recommend you to wear a mouthguard while sleeping.
It’s not easy to damage a veneer, though you should not try to bite things that are particularly hard. There are no widely used foods which can cause veneer failure through applying excess mechanical force nor through excess acidification. On the other hand, using your teeth as a tool is not recommended.
Do not use your bite to screw or unscrew bottles and things alike, or forcibly pull something. Owing to the anatomy of your incisors, the veneers will cover the top, biting edge. You will be practically applying force using the veneer – not the actual tooth (tooth enamel). Porcelain is glass, and any excessive bending by pressure can make it break.
Despite the fact veneers are highly resistant to acidification, calcification and other chemical impacts, it’s your natural teeth that remain under the veneers, so you have to keep up with your regular dental care.
How long veneers can hold on your teeth tightly varies greatly. It may be anywhere between seven and 30 years. This primarily depends on the choice of a good dentist, rather than some special maintenance you can undertake. If veneers are done poorly, no maintenance tasks will help extend their life beyond just several years.