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July 20

How to care for porcelain veneers

At Ang Dental we are very passionate about the quality and effectiveness of our porcelain veneers and love to see our clients come out with a brilliant smile. There is  alot of interest in this successful cosmetic dentistry procedure and the results we get for our clients always makes us smile too.

We often run promotions on veneers which can be viewed by clicking here

We do however get asked alot of questions about veneers and due to this Trudy is going to answer the most popular ones to help you.

How to care for porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers can still fracture if you bite on very brittle or hard foods or other items or if you grind your teeth, so in order to minimise the risk of fracturing your veneers you need to avoid biting any foods with your front teeth and focus on chewing mainly on your back teeth and wear your splint every night if you have the tendency to grind or clench your teeth. If your dentist has advised you to do so, floss thoroughly around your natural teeth and veneered teeth, rinse with water after eating or drinking any coloured foods/drinks, chew gently and slowly. Sometimes there can still be hard particles hidden in your food such as uncooked grains of rice which can cause fractures and these are a nuisance when they occur.
See your dentist every 6 months to maintain the health of your teeth and gums as it is important not to neglect your oral health as your teeth can become loose which means you could lose the tooth on which the veneer sits.Not ideal. Always use a non abrasive tooth paste also and avoid using whitening toothpastes on the veneers. These types of toothpaste are not designed for veneers.
Finally don’t brush the teeth or gums too hard in as your gums are sensitive and tender and as you age will get thinner. Brushing hard removes valuable skin layers which expose the upper teeth regions which can cause problems later in life.

How to brighten porcelain veneers?

There is no way to brighten porcelain veneers – the colour in which they are made is the colour they stay for life. In some cases, a person with porcelain veneers has a diet rich in dark coloured foods or drinks – can experience darkening of the underlying natural tooth structure which means the overall appearance of the porcelain veneer can appear darker. but there is no way to make porcelain veneers brighter apart from replacing them with brighter whiter porcelain veneers

How to clean stained porcelain veneers

it’s important to have your teeth checked and cleaned every 6 months. Since we generally eat 3 or more meals per day it is possible to get food caught around your natural teeth and also your porcelain veneers which can lead to plaque buildup and decay underneath veneers which can give a stained appearance, so having them checked and cleaned will minimise the staining effect, the decay and the plaque on your veneers.
Otherwise if external food stains such as coffee, tea, red wine appear on your porcelain veneers – these can simply be polished off by your dentist, easy peasy.

When do you need porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are great for brightening a person’s smile if teeth whitening hasn’t given you the desired level of whiteness, or if you are conscious of slightly crooked teeth but don’t want braces and your dentist has said that veneers can give you the straighter appearance that you want. Veneers are also great if you have discoloured parts of your teeth, shorter teeth and your dentist has determined that porcelain veneers can be used to give you longer looking teeth. All these reasons are suited to having porcelain veneers installed.

Why do porcelain veneers cost so much?

Porcelain veneers cost so much because of the lab fees, the time and clinical expertise and planning required to plan and implement a treatment plan that helps you achieve your aesthetic goals as well as being functional so that you can chew properly and also be comfortable. There are various costs such as – impression materials, wax mockups of the veneers, lab fees for the veneers, time to plan the case, staff costs and so on however we believe the benefits of the procedure far outweigh the costs of the installation and porcelain veneers change peoples lives for the positive daily.


Why do porcelain veneers stain?

Porcelain veneers can stain if a person has a diet heavy in very dark coloured foods or drinks and the underlying tooth structure can get darker. This applies to natural teeth as well so to avoid the staining focus on what you eat.

We hope that has helped you with your questions around getting that winning smile!!

Thanks from the Ang dental team.

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