Foods and Drinks to Avoid with Veneers
By Stephen Rogers on October 17, 2018
Porcelain veneers can mask cosmetic dental flaws, such as cracks, chips, and stains. These thin shells of dental-grade porcelain are placed over the front surface of a tooth to hide virtually any aesthetic imperfection affecting your teeth.
At Greater Long Island Dental, we place porcelain veneers at our Long Island, NY, practice to improve the appearance of patient’s smiles. Keep your rejuvenated smile bright and attractive by learning which foods and drinks to avoid with veneers.
Receiving a Porcelain Veneer
Receiving your porcelain veneer usually requires two dental appointments. At the first, some tooth enamel will be removed to accommodate the veneer. Next, impressions are taken of the altered tooth and design specifications are made for your veneers.
This information is sent to a dental lab where your veneer is custom-made for you. A temporary veneer may be placed over the tooth at your first appointment.
About two weeks later, when your permanent veneer is ready, you will have the veneer placed. First, your dentist will lightly buff the tooth and ensure that the shade and shape of the veneer matches your natural teeth. Finally, the veneer is cemented in place.
Temporary Veneers: Foods to Avoid
Your temporary veneer is not as durable as your permanent veneer. It is more prone to sustaining chips, cracks, and other forms of damage. To reduce your risk of damaging the temporary veneer, patients should steer clear of these foods:
- Hard foods like apples
- Chewy foods like steak
- Crunchy foods like nuts
- Breads with hard crusts
Permanent Veneers: Foods and Habits to Avoid
Your permanent veneers are durable and can withstand considerable wear and tear. That said, porcelain may chip or become damaged due to the following:
- Biting into hard foods, such as hard candies
- Chewing on ice
- Biting on non-food items like pens, or opening objects like jars with your teeth
Avoiding Dark-colored Drinks and Foods
Your porcelain veneer is resistant to staining. However, it can take on some discoloration at the edges over time. This is due to drinking tea, coffee, red wine and other dark-colored drinks; as well as eating stain-causing foods like soy sauce and berries. In addition, your natural teeth also become stained due to drinks and food as well.
By minimizing how often you consume these drinks and foods, you can reduce the likelihood of staining your teeth or veneers. You can also try drinking through a straw to avoid the beverage coming into contact with your teeth.
Patients are further advised to brush their teeth shortly after consuming dark-colored foods and drinks to remove the stain-causing particles from their enamel.
Contact Us to Learn More
Porcelain veneers quickly transform the smile. They are designed to last for years. Find out more about porcelain veneers and how to get the most out of them by giving us a call today at (516) 468-7103. You may also fill out our online form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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