Posted on: 2 March 2017Share
Porcelain veneers are often used as the go-to dental restoration because they can be crafted to fit the shape and color of your existing teeth. This is perfect if you are only looking to a get a few veneers. In addition, veneers are known for lasting a long time if they are treated with care. As a young adult, this may make more financial sense. You will not have to replace or fix the dental restoration every few years. However, poor food choices or dental care habits are some of the simplest ways that you can cause your veneer to either loosen or crack. Luckily, there are a few eating tips that you can use when wearing porcelain veneers.
Avoid Hard Foods
Hard foods are often cautioned against if you have recently undergone any kind of oral surgery. However, they are also not the best choices if you have dental restorations. Hard foods can pull, crack, chip and eventually loosen your restoration. While veneers are adhered to your tooth's surface, they will eventually fall off due to normal wear and tear. Eating hard foods routinely will eventually speed up this process. Instead, look for foods that are softer and more forgiving. French fries, yogurt, soups, and breads are a few good examples of foods that can easily be bitten into and chewed. This will ensure that your veneers last for a long time.
Do not Allow Food to Sit on the Surface of Your Veneers
People look at veneers as a protective barrier that shields their natural teeth from external elements. While this is somewhat true, veneers can also attract debris and contaminants. The debris and contaminants gather around the edges of the veneers and will quickly seep underneath the surface. This can not only infect your tooth underneath the veneer but may eventually cause the veneer to fall off. Therefore, it is important to remove contaminants and debris from the surface of your veneers before going to sleep or immediately after a meal. This can either be done by gently brushing your teeth or using an oral rinse. If you eat outside often, then a travel sized oral rinse may be easier to use when you are on the go.
Using the right tips when eating will help to save your veneers from unnecessary damage. Therefore, use this as a guide to get your veneers on the right track.