If you are looking to transform the appearance of your smile, you may be considering getting porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments and can improve the way your teeth look in just two appointments. Each veneer is custom-designed for a specific tooth and is created in the perfect shape, size, and color needed to naturally enhance its appearance. The process to fit dental veneers is simple too and takes place over two visits to your dentist. The first is used to prepare whichever teeth are being covered with porcelain veneers. This involves administering local anesthetic so that a little of the enamel can be removed, which will ensure that the veneers do not make the tooth appear too thick. Impressions are then taken which will be used to create your veneers before you are fitted with a temporary device and can leave. The second appointment, a week or two later, will involve checking the fit of your veneers and securing them permanently in place.
These thin, tooth-colored shells which look delicate are actually very robust, and with the proper care, they could last upwards of 10 years before they require replacing. They should have the ability to withstand most biting and chewing forces. Nevertheless, there are some foods that patients who wear porcelain veneers should try to avoid in order to reduce the risk of any potential damage to their veneers - whether it is the temporary restoration or the permanent veneers. Here’s what you need to know about the foods that you should try to avoid eating when you have veneers.
It is important to remember that your temporary veneers will not be as secure as permanent ones will be. As such, you will need to take extra special care when you have your temporary device in place so that you avoid damaging it or causing it to come loose. As such, you should be sure to avoid the following:
- Crunchy, hard vegetables such as celery and uncooked carrots
- Hard, crusty breads
- Hard candies
- Hard foods like chips, seeds, and nuts
- Steak and other tough, chewy meats
- Sticky candies
Once your permanent veneers are secured to your teeth, they should be extremely durable and as well as staying firmly in place, they will add an extra layer of protection to your teeth. Nevertheless, you should still be sure to take care of them to help them to remain in great condition and last as long as possible. This means that there are some dietary considerations to make. Some of the foods that experts recommend that people with permanent veneers avoid include:
- Acidic foods and drinks which could erode the bonding material
- Alcohol, which could also erode the bonding material and cause your veneers to come loose and more likely to fall off
- Hard foods that could chip your veneers, such as eating meat off of the bone and accidentally catching the bone with your teeth
- Sticky candies
Porcelain veneers are largely resistant to staining, but this doesn’t mean that they are completely impervious to it. Your natural teeth aren’t and if you continue to eat foods that can stain your teeth, it could cause them to look very different to your veneer over time. Some of the products that are most likely to stain your teeth include tea, coffee, red wine, dark fruits, tomato sauce, and curry.
If you follow the advice listed here, you can prolong the color and condition of your new smile for years to come. For more information on foods to avoid with porcelain veneers, please contact our expert dental team who will be delighted to help you.