For the most part, you only need to care for and clean your porcelain veneers like you would your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss thoroughly every day. This keeps plaque off of the surface of the veneers, and in turn helps to prevent recessed gums. Your veneers are designed to resist stains, but it is still a good idea to minimize your exposure to things that typically stain teeth, like tobacco, coffee, and others. This will help prevent you from inadvertently staining the adhesive layer of your veneer, which can affect its overall cosmetic look. Your dentist might have specific instructions about what you should avoid.
While your veneers are durable, you should still avoid using your teeth to open things like food bags. You should also avoid biting your nails or chewing ice. Activities such as this put unnecessary force on your veneer that it is not built for, and can lead to cracking or breaking of its surface. If you regularly play sports, or if you grind your teeth at night, your dentist might suggest that you wear a mouth guard or a night guard.
Make sure to visit your dentist for regular maintenance. For porcelain veneers in Orange County, your dentist might want to regularly polish your veneers with a special nonabrasive paste at visits.
If you are unsure whether or not porcelain veneers are right for you or will help improve your smile, be sure to contact our office. We can set you up with a consultation that will help you and our dentist determine what is best for your smile.