Tooth Tips for Later Life

Tips to help you protect your veneers

Everyone dreams of having the perfect, white smile. However, there are certain stains that even the best whitening procedures cannot fix, which leads to the need for veneers. Veneers are also a great solution for people whose teeth are chipped and cracked. Porcelain veneers are normally attached to the surface of the tooth using special bonding techniques. When they are attached correctly and properly maintained, they can last for years before needing a replacement.

It is unfortunate that very few people think about proper veneer maintenance after they leave the dentist's office with the smile of their dreams. The undesirable end result is the veneers falling off. Read on and talk to a cosmetic dentist for tips on caring for your veneers.

Ensure the veneers are properly bonded

One of the main causes of veneers falling off is when they are improperly bonded. This happens with new veneers especially when the dentist who installed them is not qualified for the job. If the new veneers keep falling off and you are sure you are brushing properly and observing the other dental hygiene rules, you should seek a second opinion from a different dentist. They will be able to tell you whether the veneers were improperly bonded and also to fix the problem for you.

Observe dental hygiene

Tooth decay is another common reason why veneers fall off. Tooth decay is caused by poor dental hygiene which leads to the development of cavities. Make sure that you brush your teeth after meals and that you avoid excessively sugary and starchy foods after having the veneers installed. It is also wise to invest in a good quality mouthwash as it will help you combat excessive bacteria action in the mouth. Avoid alcohol, smoking and other drugs that could accelerate the rate of tooth decay.

Avoid treating your teeth harshly

Your veneers might be falling off because you are not careful in the way that you handle your teeth. Normally, veneers cannot withstand extreme pressure such as grinding and chewing on hard things such as carrots and hard candy. Harsh brushing and eating ice will also affect the length of time that your veneers can serve you. You should be very careful about the types of food you grind your teeth on for the sake of your veneers.

Veneers could also fall off if they are old and weak. Ensure that you get a competent dentist's opinion about fallen off veneers. Note that you should never attempt to glue a fallen veneer back on. The dental expert will help you reattach the veneer.