Care Tips for Veneers

Posted on: 6 April 2016

Having an imperfect smile can negatively impact many aspects of your life.  Having a chipped tooth or a tooth that is stained can be corrected through the use of veneers. A veneer is essentially a thin layer of porcelain that can be attached directly to your natural teeth. It is designed to alter the appearance of your teeth and can cover imperfections ranging from chips to misshapen teeth.

Everything about the veneer can be custom made to fit your mouth. However, keeping your veneer in great shape can sometime be problematic because it is not a natural tooth and is made from fragile porcelain. It is important for you to be aware of care tips for veneers that will ensure your veneers look like new and last.


It is always important to be aware of the types of foods that you are eating when you have veneers. It is possible for hard or sticky foods to cause a lot of damage to your veneers. It is possible for hard foods to cause the veneer to chip or for sticky foods to pull the veneer away from the surface of the tooth. Even though veneers are designed to be as strong as your natural teeth, you still need to be aware of the types of food that you eat and limit extremely hard foods like rock candy and sticky foods like taffy.


The type of toothpaste that you use when you brush veneers should also be chosen wisely. This means that you should look for a toothpaste that is not abrasive. It is possible for a toothpaste that is rough in texture to cause damage to the surface of the porcelain veneer. You do not want the porcelain to be scratched in any way. This means that you should look for a toothpaste that is designed to be gentle and is compatible with veneers.


It is also recommended that you avoid using water picks when you have veneers. Flossing your teeth is still important, but you should use traditional floss only when you have veneers. A water pick can cause damage to the porcelain and will cause it to wear at a more rapid rate.

Mouth Wash

When you are looking for just the right mouth wash to use after you have a veneer attached to your natural teeth, you should look for mouth wash options that do not contain any alcohol. Those mouth washes that have high amounts of alcohol will wear on the bonding material of the veneer over time and will cause it to become loosened.