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Things to Avoid When You Have Veneers

Posted on 6/10/2018 by Matt Aldridge DDS
Veneers Oasis Dental WA 98683Veneers are extremely durable, but they can get damaged if you don't have good oral health at home. The foods you eat, and other bad habits can affect the how long your cosmetic work lasts, so here are some of the things to avoid when you have veneers.

Foods to Avoid When You Have Veneers

Veneers are a very thin film that is bonded to your tooth to hide imperfections and improve their appearance. While the materials used to place the veneers in your mouth are almost as strong as your natural tooth enamel, they can chip or crack, so you should avoid eating the following foods.

•  Hard candy or other sugary snacks that can crack the veneer.
•  Nuts that can be hard to chew.
•  Meats that require extended chewing time.
•  Sticky foods, such as gum.
•  Foods that contain dyes that can discolor the veneers such as sports drinks, sodas, tea, and coffee.

You should also avoid consuming alcohol in excess, as it can affect the bonding material used to keep the veneer in place. Smoking or chewing tobacco is not recommended.

Bad Habits and Veneers

Bad habits such as biting on your fingernails or chewing on a wooden pen, as well as chewing gum, can damage the veneer or cause it to come loose. Veneers should last you many years with proper care.

Grinding or Clenching Teeth

Grinding and clenching your teeth can crack or chip the veneers so if you think you grind or clench your teeth at night, you may want to ask us about using a mouth guard to protect the veneers.

You should continue to brush, floss and visit our office regularly and follow the list of things to avoid when you have veneers. That way, they will stay as beautiful as the first day you got them.
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