How to Care for Your Porcelain Veneers
Have you ever looked at photos of your favorite actors and actresses and wondered how they were blessed with both talent and perfect teeth? More likely than not, they weren’t born with two rows of flawless pearly whites. In fact, there are a lot of celebrities that probably owe their Oscar-worthy smiles to their dentist. Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, Demi Moore, Tom Cruise, and Nicolas Cage are just a few of the many movie stars rumored to have had cosmetic dental work done.
If you smile with your lips closed and cover your mouth when you laugh, its time to do something about your chipped, cracked, or stained teeth. While we can’t promise you the leading role in Christopher Nolan’s next movie, we can give you a smile worthy of the red carpet. At Soft Touch Dental in San Diego, we help people achieve the smile they desire in a matter of weeks with porcelain veneers.
What are porcelain veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain made to recreate the look of natural teeth. They’re custom made by your dentist to fit the natural contour of your mouth and are bonded to your tooth’s original enamel over a few office visits. In addition to giving you a healthy looking smile, porcelain veneers also supply the same level of strength as your natural tooth enamel.
Aside from looking fantastic and providing resiliency comparable to your original teeth, porcelain veneers offer the following advantages:
- They are stain resistant, so you don’t have to stop drinking coffee, tea, or red wine (as long as you brush your teeth afterwards).
- They can be selected to match the color of your existing teeth or a lighter shade if you’d like to go whiter.
- As opposed to crowns, porcelain veneers offer a relatively conservative approach to changing a tooth’s shape and color.
- Porcelain veneers can be used to close gaps between the teeth, correct stains, and even make cracks disappear.
So, are porcelain veneers like real teeth?
Yes! You should maintain your porcelain veneers just like you would your original teeth. We recommend brushing with fluoride toothpaste after every meal, or at least twice a day, to keep your porcelain veneers brilliant and white. Flossing once a day is also a must-do in order to remove food and plaque from in between your teeth.
Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
The best candidate for porcelain veneers has a strong desire for a bright, beautiful smile. He or she should also be a non-smoker with strong, healthy teeth free of decay, gum disease, fractures, and large fillings. An ideal candidate will not clench or grind his or her teeth at night, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack and chip.
When do I need to replace my porcelain veneers?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will generally last between 5 and 10 years. To prolong the life of your veneers, do not bite your nails or chew on pencils, ice, or other hard objects. It’s also important not to smoke with your new porcelain veneers. Nicotine is a staining agent that can turn veneers yellow in a matter of months.
Come see us!
Having a dazzling Hollywood smile isn’t only for the rich and famous. Porcelain veneers can give you the beautiful teeth you’ve always desired in just a few office visits.
At Soft Touch Dental, Dr. Fakhimi and his team of dental experts carry out the porcelain veneer procedure only after thoroughly consulting with you. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers, give us a call today.