A picture-perfect smile is possible with porcelain veneers. You can enjoy drastic natural-looking results using a minimally invasive solution that can last for 10 years or longer. Although veneers will look and feel like your natural teeth, they aren’t indestructible. Some foods and drinks can shorten the life expectancy of your new smile. Here are a few dietary changes recommended by your cosmetic dentist to get the most from your investment.
What are Veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell that’s bonded to the front side of a tooth to improve its overall color, size, and shape. When bonded to the teeth visible when smiling, veneers can correct many imperfections at once, like stains, chips, and gaps. The process involves removing a small amount of enamel to create a strong bond between your teeth and veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will take an impression of your mouth to create your custom-made restorations, but it can take a couple of weeks.
They will bond temporary veneers while you wait. Once your veneers have been sent back to your dentist, you’ll return to have them bond in place. Your new smile can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare, like watching what you eat.
Recommended Diet Changes with Veneers
- Limit Sugars and Starches: Veneers can’t get cavities, but your underlying teeth are still vulnerable to decay. Limit how often you consume sugars and starches.
- Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods: Veneers are durable, but they can break if you eat hard or crunchy foods. Although they are bonded well to your teeth, sticky foods can dislodge them and are difficult to remove, like taffy.
- Moderate Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers to your teeth.
- Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks: Veneers are stain-resistant, but your enamel can discolor, which can make your restorations look stained.
Get the Most from Your Investment
Besides watching what you eat, you can ensure your veneers last for 10 years or longer by following a few tips:
- Commit to Brushing and Flossing: Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth at least twice per day. Floss at least once daily.
- Break Bad Oral Habits: Don’t chew on inedible objects or use your teeth in place of tools.
- Protect Your Smile: Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, ask your dentist for a nightguard.
- Visit Your Dentist: Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.
You can enjoy a flawless smile for years by giving your teeth and gums the attention they deserve. You can’t put a price on the benefits of an attractive smile.
About Dr. Paul Coombs
Dr. Coombs earned his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and has regularly pursued continuing education to provide up-to-date services, like cosmetic dentistry. He is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you’re ready to enhance your smile with veneers, call our office at (803) 675-7179 to schedule an appointment.