Porcelain veneers are cap-like shells bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance your smile. They are crafted to fit the unique size, shape, and color of your teeth and aesthetic goals for a beautiful, natural look. Patients can see whiter, straighter, and reshaped teeth with veneers. Learn how to ensure these cosmetic benefits last as long as possible with Dr. Andrew Cobb, a dentist in Washington, DC.
Pay attention to your bite
It can take some time to get used to the feeling of porcelain veneers over your teeth. When your dentist secures veneers to your teeth with dental bonding, they will make final adjustments to the shape and placement to ensure a perfect fit. The shells are custom-made for the to fit your unique mouth. If you notice your veneers seem loose or misaligned after you have left the office, let your dentist know right away so they can fix them before they become damaged.
Avoid biting hard objects
Porcelain veneers are constructed to endure the everyday wear and tear that your teeth experience. However, while they are durable, they are susceptible to damage if exposed to abnormal amounts of pressure. For this reason, you should avoid biting down on hard objects, such as ice, fingernails, or the end of a pen. If you are aware of your oral habits, you can preserve your porcelain veneers and ensure the cosmetic benefits last as long as possible.
Practice good oral hygiene
The strength of your veneers depends on the health of your teeth and gums. Your veneers rely on your teeth to be a solid foundation, so you should practice good oral hygiene to ensure your mouth is healthy enough to support your porcelain veneers. This involves brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. Ideally, flossing should occur at night to remove plaque that develops throughout your day.
Veneers are not damaged by plaque, but they can gather bacteria just like natural teeth. If left untreated, plaque can cause tooth decay and gum disease, weakening your teeth and therefore your veneers. Maintain good oral hygiene to keep your smile looking its best.
Porcelain veneers available in Washington, DC
Dr. Cobb offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic treatments to patients in Washington, DC. Our practice also specializes in implants, restorative, and general dentistry. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 202.455.0901.