Have you recently received dental veneers and have a few questions about caring for your new smile? Dr. Richard Smith II, Dr. Karen Hutchison, Dr. Andrew Levine, Dr. Robert Banks and Dr. Bradley Oliver, your Roanoke, VA dentists, would like to share a few tips.
Stay away from abrasive toothpaste
Abrasive ingredients are added to toothpaste to boost cleaning power. Unfortunately, if the paste is too abrasive, you may begin to notice scratches that can dull your veneers. Whitening toothpastes, in particular, usually contain a high amount of abrasive agents. Since your new veneers are stain resistant, there's no need to use this type of toothpaste.
Make wise toothbrush choices
Soft bristle brushes are best for your teeth and your appearance. Harder brushes may cause your gums to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth. If you've chosen veneers to whiten your teeth, your exposed roots probably won't match your veneers. Power toothbrushes can be a good choice if you're concerned about damaging your gums. These brushes apply gentle, uniform pressure to your teeth and gums, and are less likely to cause receding gums.
Use a mouthguard or nightguard, if needed
Although your new veneers are tough, they may crack or break if you experience a blow to your mouth. Wearing a mouthguard while you play sports will help protect your teeth and your veneers. Grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep can also cause your teeth to crack or break. Your dentist can fit you with a nightguard that will reduce the stress on your teeth if grinding or clenching is a problem.
Limit alcohol and products that contain alcohol
Drinking alcoholic beverages, frequently, can soften the bonding material used to attach your veneers. The problem can also occur if you use mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
Be careful when eating hard foods
Hard food can damage your veneers, as can using your teeth as a tool to open packages or nuts. Your Roanoke dentists recommend cutting hard foods into thin pieces and chew them with your back teeth.
Protect your smile with proper care! Call Dr. Smith, Dr. Hutchison, Dr. Levine, Dr. Banks and Dr. Oliver, your Roanoke, VA dentists, at (540) 769-5020 if you have any questions about your veneers or need to schedule your next exam.