If you’ve chosen veneers to correct issues or improve the overall look of your smile, you’ll want to care for your investment. Learning how to eat with veneers can help you ensure that they last as long as possible and look great in the process.
Luckily, it’s easy to adjust to veneers when you first start out. There are a few things you should know about your new porcelain veneers, and now is the time to build your good habits for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Here’s what to expect while eating with veneers.
Foods To Avoid
Porcelain is a highly durable surface, but consuming certain foods can stain the bonding agent and teeth around your veneers, changing the look and creating a noticeable difference over time. Other types of foods may chip the surface of the porcelain because it’s not quite as strong as the teeth themselves.
While most foods are perfectly fine and indulging in some of the foods in this list is ok in moderation, this is what you should keep in mind as you eat.
Coffee, tea, and red wines will stain your real teeth over time. So, if you have veneers, you could be looking at a marked difference in the surface colour of the veneers versus your real teeth if you aren’t careful.
That doesn’t mean you’re those drinks are banned for life. Drink dark liquids in moderation and always brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth immediately afterwards.
Hard nuts and candy, raw carrots, even ice — biting down on these foods with force could chip your veneers and require repair or replacement. It’s best to avoid them or cut them into small pieces to chew in the back of your mouth with stronger, grinding-capable teeth.
Acidic or Alcohol Based Substances
Acids and alcohols can erode the surface of your veneers and your real teeth over time, causing damage and discolouration. While you don’t have to give up everything, take a moment to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after consuming alcohol or acidic foods.
If you’ve opted for temporary veneers rather than permanent porcelain veneers, you should avoid any foods that require you to rip, tear, or even bite down hard. Cut foods into small bites and stick to softer options or things that you can chew in the back of your mouth.
Tips For Caring For Veneers
The best thing you can do for your veneers is regular brushing and flossing. Use a soft toothbrush and veneer appropriate toothpaste to ensure your veneers and surrounding teeth stay clean.
Frequent dental checkups can spot potential issues with your veneers as well as your teeth. Avoiding problematic foods also helps ensure your veneers last as long as possible. When you’re eating with veneers, avoid biting down too hard and try to cut your food instead of ripping or tearing off bites.
Once you get used to your veneers and make these little changes, you’ll be able to enjoy the foods you love without risking your teeth. Pay close attention and always stay up to date on your dental care. Your veneers will be beautiful for a long time.