So you’ve recently decided dental veneers Turkey is the procedure for you and you’re eagerly awaiting your sparkly white set of brand new teeth. You’re probably wondering though about the important work that comes once they’ve been fit, i.e. taking care of them. Unsurprisingly, the short answer is that it’s vital that you take good care of your new veneers, especially if you want them to last for the next few decades to come.
For the most part, porcelain veneers are incredibly robust and stain-resistant, but this doesn’t mean they’re entirely 100% stain proof. In order to keep your brand new veneers nice and clean and free from any unnecessary damage, there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration when it comes to dinner time.
First though, let’s take a brief look at what veneers actually are, what different types of veneers are available, and how the procedure for having them fitted works.
Veneers essentially aren’t much more than a super-thin shell of material that’s placed over your tooth. Each and every veneer, whether for a single tooth or a whole set of teeth, is custom made for the patient, both in shape and size, and color matched to the surrounding teeth, or to the desired shade of white. After a small amount of enamel has been removed from the tooth, then the veneer can be bonded to its surface.
When it comes to the different types of veneer that are available, patients have two options: porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain is the stronger and more robust of the two, and while the composite resin is the more affordable and can be fit more quickly, porcelain is the more popular option, and more highly recommended by professionals.
The process of having your veneers fitted is a fairly straightforward one, which takes place over one or two appointments, depending on the type of veneer being fitted. Composite resin veneers can be fit in a single appointment, while porcelain veneers take two. Overall the procedure for the two is more or less the same, the porcelain veneer procedure breaks down as follows:
— Before getting started, your dentist will need to examine your teeth and take some X-rays to ensure you’re well suited to having veneers.
— Next, your dentist will need to prepare your tooth. This involves a small amount of enamel being removed from it, as mentioned previously.
— After the small amount of enamel has been removed, an impression of the tooth will need to be taken. This will then be sent off to the lab to help create the veneer.
— Once the impression has been taken, a temporary veneer will be fitted until your permanent one has been created.
— After a week or two your veneer should be back from the lab and ready to be put in place. A few more adjustments may need to be made to ensure it fits perfectly.
— Your dentist will then need to clean your tooth, along with polishing it and etching it, before then permanently attaching the veneer to your tooth with special dental cement.
Eating with Veneers
So now that we know the veneers and the process of having them fitted, let’s get onto the question at hand. There are slightly different things you’ll want to take into consideration with temporary veneers and your permanent porcelain veneers, and these break down as follows:
Eating with temporary veneers
While you’ll need to be somewhat cautious with what you eat and drink with your permanent veneers, you’ll need to be extra cautious when it comes to your temporary ones.
Unlike permanent veneers, temporary veneers have been designed to be removed once your permanent ones are ready to be put on, so it won’t take too much to damage them or cause them to get loosened. As a result, you’ll want to avoid the following foods if you’re going to protect your temporary veneers, along with your teeth:
— Ice cubes
— Crunchy foods, such as crisps or pretzels
— Chewy, tough meats
— Tough bread
— Sticky foods such as toffee
— Foods or drinks that can stain, such as tea, coffee, red wine, berries, soy sauce, tomato sauce
The best foods you can eat while wearing temporary veneers are those that won’t stain. The best examples of these include:
— Soft fruits, like plums, peaches, or bananas
— Mashed potato
— Soft chicken
— Soft canned foods
Eating with porcelain veneers
The good news with porcelain veneers is you won’t need to be nearly as cautious as you were with the temporary ones, and they’re actually much less vulnerable to staining than your own natural teeth. That’s not to say they’re totally stain proof, however, and they’re certainly far from indestructible. If they become worn down or damaged over time, then they could become less stain-resistant, so you’ll still want to take plenty of care if you don’t wind up in the same position you were in that necessitated the veneers in the first place.
Some of the foods you’ll want to avoid, or at least take caution with include:
— Ice (absolutely avoid biting or crunching ice)
— Too much alcohol (overtime, alcohol can soften the bonding material’s surface)
— Either chewing or smoking tobacco
— Hard candies
— Biting into apples
— Highly acidic foods and drinks (such as fizzy drinks, lemons, or tomato sauce)
— Drinks that can stain (including tea, coffee, and red wine)
Furthermore, and this should go without saying, it’s vital that you don’t use your teeth for any additional functions that they weren’t designed for, i.e. holding heavy objects or using them to open tough packages.
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