Since it is a well-known fact that teeth restoration does not come cheap, it is paramount that proper care is practiced. All dental works need to be replaced or repaired at least. In addition, having such expensive procedure to last long is always a challenge.
Total cost of dental veneers can run as high as $30,000 for a full set of teeth. To make them an investment, dentists always recommend proper hygiene and proper care. Though it is on a very rare case that one would spend that much or have all the teeth into veneers still veneers cost is quite expensive for even a single tooth. One tooth may cost around $250 for composite resin while $600 for porcelain type of veneers.
Brushing and Flossing
Like natural teeth, veneers would require adequate brushing three times a day and frequent flossing. Use an ultra-soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste that contain fluoride. As much as possible avoid using toothpaste that is whitening ones. Mouthwashes are also not advised to be used regularly. They have high alcohol content that tends to deteriorate the bonding of the veneers to the natural teeth.
When flossing, make sure all the sides of the teeth are done to remove plaque. Remember that although decay may be prevented upon having veneers but not all part of the tooth is protected by the veneer. The part that is not covered by the veneer is still exposed to decay and bacteria.
Diet of Patient
In general, veneers are durable and intended to last long. They are not to be construed as something that limits the patient’s diet. However, they do need earnest effort for maintenance.
Veneers are resistant to staining caused by food and beverages. However, they are not stain-proof. Dark coloured foods and drinks like tea, coffee, soy sauce and red wine are just to name a few of which to be avoided. Smoking can also stain veneers and should be avoided or lessen as well.
Patients are also warned to stay away from munching from corn cobs, directly eating from the bones of spareribs, and biting hard foods. They may cause the veneers to chip or fall off. If this happens, visit the dentist right away with the chipped or fallen veneer.
Regular Visit to the Dentist
Even if there are no problems with the veneers in the long run, the patient is advised to have them cleaned by experts preferably the dentist who placed them in the first place. Like natural teeth that are recommended to be cleaned by dentists every six months, veneers would also need the same maintenance. Regular dental cleaning of veneers helps them last longer.