Cosmetic Dentistry: 3 Things You Absolutely Cannot Do If You Have Dental Veneers

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If you're thinking about getting dental veneers, you probably know that you will have to change your habits dramatically while you're waiting for your permanent veneers to be constructed. During this time, most people wear temporary veneers, which are extremely touchy and have to be dealt with kindly. But did you know that the restrictions won't end once you get your permanent veneers? If you choose to get porcelain veneers, there are some things you will have to give up. Following are three things you can't do if you have dental veneers. 

Indulge in Vices

Indulging in vices, such as alcohol and tobacco, is not a good idea with cosmetic veneers. While red wine and other dark alcoholic drinks can stain teeth, even clear alcoholic beverages are dangerous. This is due to the fact that frequent alcohol consumption breaks down the cement bond that binds veneers to your natural teeth. Many dentists even discourage the use of mouth washes containing alcohol for this reason. Additionally, tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco and cigarettes, stain veneers. Therefore, it's very important that you avoid these vices if you have porcelain veneers.

Eat Certain Foods

Certain foods can damage your porcelain veneers. These foods include hard candy, pretzels, peanuts, brittle and other hard foods. Avoid eating hard foods as they can crack or chip your veneers if you bite down on them with too much force. If you must eat hard foods, do not bite down on them with your veneers. Instead, use your back teeth to chew them. Porcelain veneers are not indestructible, but they will last a long time if you take care of them properly and avoid foods that will damage them. 

Keep Your Old Habits

A lot of people abuse their natural teeth by opening jars and packages with them, chewing on their fingernails or grinding their teeth. If you have veneers, you have to give up these old habits. You should also avoid using medium and hard bristled toothbrushes and abrasive toothpastes after getting veneers. The key to keeping your veneers beautiful for years to come is to avoid anything that will cause damage to them.

As you can see, there are many habits you will have to change after you get porcelain veneers. Talk with a dentist, such as Aaron G Birch, DDS PC, if you have additional questions about getting your veneers. While you can't treat them like your own teeth and expect them to last, veneers are otherwise very strong and will serve you well all the while giving you that beautiful smile you've been dreaming of. 


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