Caring for Porcelain Veneers

Brushing and flossing is just as important for teeth with porcelain veneers as it is for any teeth.

The porcelain wonít decay, but the other parts of the tooth will, that are not covered by the veneer. And the gums need care too, to prevent them from receding. The veneer ends right at the gum line, so any gum recession will create a gap and spoil the effect of the porcelain veneers.

Protect veneers from hard impacts. Biting on ice, grinding your teeth, or using your teeth as tools to separate something or tear off something not edible will put a greater strain and impact on the veneers and could damage them.

Avoid staining substances. While the porcelain wonít pick up any stains, the cement bonding them to your tooth will, over time. That cement could be visible at the veneerís edges, so itís best to care for your porcelain veneers as well as you care for your natural teeth.