Have Porcelain Veneers? You Should Avoid These Foods
September 19, 2019
Have you ever wondered how celebrities always seem to have an effortlessly perfect smile? Well, the truth is that a lot of them don’t. Many of them have invested in porcelain veneers to correct any cosmetic issues in their grins, like chips, cracks, stains, or even slightly crooked teeth. Sounds great, right? If you’re interested in having a movie star perfect smile, look no further than porcelain veneers in Colleyville. Let’s take a closer look at what veneers are, and what foods you should avoid with them to make sure they last.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin sheaths of dental porcelain designed to be placed over the front surfaces of your teeth. They are able to perfectly mimic natural teeth, right down to the way light bounces off of them. They can alter the size, shape, and color of your teeth to correct most cosmetic flaws.
How Do Veneers Work?
First, your cosmetic dentist in Colleyville will have to remove a tiny sliver of enamel from the surfaces of your teeth to make room for the veneers to lie flat against them. Then, impressions of your prepped teeth will be taken and sent off to the lab to craft your new smile. In the meantime, you’ll be given temporary veneers to allow you to get used to the way they look and feel. Finally, return to the office in a week or two, when your permanent restorations will be bonded to your teeth. Voila! Your smile is instantly transformed!
What Foods Should You Avoid with Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are durable, but they’re not invincible. They can still crack, break, or even fall off if you consume too much hard or crunchy food. It’s a good idea to avoid the following:
- Hard candy
- Popcorn kernels
- Nuts and seeds
- Apples and other fruits with hard skins
- Hard breads
- Chewing on ice
- Biting your nails
Although veneers are also resistant to stains, they can still become discolored over time if you consume too much of the following:
- Wine (red and white)
- Tomato products
- Dark fruits
How Else Can I Make My Veneers Last?
Veneers can last up to 15 years of even longer if you care for them properly by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing once a day
- Avoiding smoking
- Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup
Porcelain veneers are a great way to revamp your smile. Make sure to avoid the foods and drinks listed above so they last as long as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Steven Branburg is a dentist and prosthodontist at the DFW Dental Implant Center: Implant, Cosmetic & General Dentistry. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California, he achieved his Certificate in Prosthodontics from the same school. As a prosthodontist, he excels in artificial teeth restorations, such as porcelain veneers. If you are interested in transforming your grin with veneers, visit Dr. Branburg’s website here or call (817) 498-3331.
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