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Foods You Should Avoid After Getting Veneers

Dental veneers can be used to transform your smile. If your teeth are discolored, stained, uneven or unsightly, veneers are a quick and incredibly noninvasive treatment option that covers these flaws and provides you with a full, white smile. In general, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and beverages when wearing veneers. Veneers are typically quite strong and resilient, so they can withstand a lot of force and pressure throughout the day. Most patients find that their veneers last for a decade or longer before they need to be replaced. However, there are certain foods and drinks you should avoid to improve the chances of the veneers lasting longer.

Hard Foods

Despite veneers being resilient, strong and long-lasting, hard foods that could twist or pull the veneers should be avoided. Eating meats that require you to twist your mouth and pull on the front teeth may loosen a veneer or cause it to fall off altogether. It’s best to be careful when biting into hard foods and to chew with the back teeth.

Alcohol

Alcohol isn’t necessarily detrimental to your veneers so much as it’s a problem for the adhesive that’s used. Alcohol can loosen and wear down the adhesive that is used to keep the veneers on your front teeth. This means cooling it down with the amount of alcohol you might drink as well as switching to an alcohol-free mouthwash. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite spirited beverages from time to time, but just be aware that it could affect the bonding agent used to keep those veneers in place.

Dark Foods and Liquids

Your veneers are incredibly stain-resistant, which means that even the darkest of coffees and teas shouldn’t change the color even years after having the veneers placed. However, these dark liquids and foods will stain your natural teeth and cause your veneers to look more obvious than they otherwise should. By avoiding staining foods and beverages, you can keep your natural teeth whiter so that they blend in better with your veneers.

Maintaining Your Veneers

Maintaining your veneers is easy because they virtually take care of themselves. As long as you brush them and floss between them each day as well as keep up with routine dental checkups, your veneers will last for many years. Treat your veneers as you would your natural teeth and they’ll provide you with a beautiful and white smile you’ll feel proud to show off.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations provided to patients. They can be made of ceramic or porcelain and some of them even have a metal based for extra stability. Regardless of the type of crown that you have, you might be wondering how long your new restoration will last and how to keep it looking its best. The beauty about dental crowns is they won’t stain or discolor like your natural teeth, so it’ll always stay the same color as when it was placed.

When Would a Crown Be Needed?

Most often, a crown is needed because a tooth has broken or cracked. A tooth that has recently had a root canal may need a crown simply because it’s more susceptible to breaking. If a tooth has a very large filling in it, it may eventually crack which results in the need for a crown. Your crown is made just for you using impressions that are made from your teeth. This means the crown will feel and fit comfortably and provide you with a full, beautiful smile.

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?

A crown typically lasts for anywhere from 7 to 15 years, but it is not uncommon for some patients to have crowns that are two or more decades old. How long your crown will last largely depends on how well you maintain it and your dental habits. For example, a patient who has bruxism and constantly grinds their teeth may need to replace their crown sooner than a patient who doesn’t clench or grind their teeth. It’s important to brush your crown along with your other teeth to keep it clean and be extra careful when flossing. Most patients with crowns find that when they floss, they can push the floss down between the crown and then pull it out from the front rather than forcing it back up.

How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

The best way to maintain your dental crown is with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. Good oral hygiene can prevent bacteria and plaque from getting up underneath the crown or causing an issue with the gums around it. Dental checkups allow us to monitor your crown and look for signs of wear and tear as well as it loosening. Crowns should be replaced after they show signs of wear or if the tooth underneath has become decayed.