What Foods Can I Eat With Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are a fantastic way to upgrade your smile. After undergoing this dental procedure, it is important to understand what food and drinks you should completely steer clear of as well as what is in your best interest to avoid. While some foods and drinks may be okay once in a while, there are certain types that can either stain or harm your porcelain veneers permanently.
This article will go over what and why you shouldn’t eat and drink certain things as well as how to protect your new veneers, no matter if they are temporary or permanent. These tips will help put you on a path that will help your veneers last for a long time with minimal issues or complications.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the surface of your teeth and bonded. Dentists make veneers from porcelain or composite (ceramic) materials. Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers that people get. They give a very natural look, are quite stain-resistant and also last around 10-15 years, whereas composite can last for around five to seven. Veneers keep more of your teeth intact compared to crowns and are popular with people who want to change the way their teeth look due to discoloration, chips, cracks, gaps, or other issues that placing the veneers over can fix. Veneers are very durable and may eliminate the need for more advanced dental work such as crowns.
Temporary vs. Permanent
Before you get your permanent veneers, you will need to wear a temporary set for two weeks while your permanent pair is being made. The temporary veneers will allow you to feel how the new porcelain ones will while allowing your dentist to make adjustments when needed before placing the permanent set. The temporary set is made of acrylic, wax, or other mixes of materials. They are not as durable or as stain-resistant as your porcelain ones will be, but since you will only be wearing them for up to two weeks, they should stay relatively unscathed.
What to Avoid with Temporary Veneers
When wearing your temporary veneers, it is advised to be watchful of what you eat and drink. Though your temporary veneers won’t be on long, they are protecting your prepped-for-porcelain teeth below and could easily become damaged if you aren’t careful. Here are some foods and drinks to avoid while wearing your temporary set of veneers:
- Chewing gum
- Crunchy fruits and veggies
- Chewy meat
- Hard toast
- Biscuits, chips and crackers
- Hard candy, lollipops, sticky candy
- Seeds and nuts
- Candy bars
- Tomato based sauces
- Energy drinks, soda, sports drinks
- Soy sauce and balsamic vinegar
What to Avoid with Permanent Veneers
After you get your permanent veneers put in, they will be much more durable and stain-resistant than your temporary veneers. To make sure your veneers stay looking great for years, there are a few foods and habits that should be avoided. These are:
- Very hard foods/candy
- Coffee and dark wines should be drank in moderation and with a straw if possible
Porcelain Veneer Care
Now that you have the smile of your dreams, you will want to keep it looking great for years to come. Even though porcelain veneers are very durable, if you want them to last for a long time you will need to make sure they are properly cared for. Here are some tips to help you maintain your new smile:
Regular Oral Hygiene Upkeep
Make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly as instructed by your dentist after you get your veneers. This will help to keep them looking flawless. Practicing good oral hygiene will not only prolong the life of your veneers but it will also keep your mouth and gums healthy.
Use a Soft Toothbrush
After getting your porcelain veneers, make sure you are using a soft toothbrush when you brush your teeth. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can cause the polish on your veneers to become damaged. Your dentist can recommend a good toothpaste for you to use on the veneers.
When you have porcelain veneers, make sure you are not missing your six-month check-up with your dentist. This will ensure your veneers are in tip-top shape.
Smoking can cause your veneers to become discolored and stained. Avoid smoking not only for your health, but the health of your veneers as well.
Get the Smile You’ve Always Dreamed Of
At Carrie Muzny DDS, we use our cutting-edge equipment and amazing staff to ensure each patient enjoys their visit to the dentist. We offer a range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services. From cleanings to fillings, to whitening and veneers, we provide everything you need to get the smile you deserve. We cover several insurance providers, provide a variety of services, and have experience in many areas of dentistry.
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