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Aesthetic General Dentistry's Post-Op Instructions for Dental Veneers 

Dental veneers are widely sought-after for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of teeth. These custom-made, thin shells are gently attached to the front of your teeth to address various dental imperfections, yielding a lasting and authentic outcome.

After undergoing the dental veneer procedure, it is essential to follow proper post-op instructions to ensure the success and longevity of your new veneers.

dentist examining patient
dentist examining patient

The Importance of Post-Op Care for Dental Veneers

While dental veneers are a relatively simple and minimally invasive procedure, proper post-op care is crucial to avoid any potential complications. Following these instructions will also help you maintain the appearance and function of your veneers for years to come.

Additionally, dental veneers require a significant investment, both in time and money. Therefore, it is essential to take care of them properly to ensure that they last as long as possible.

What To Do After Getting Dental Veneers

Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods

After the veneer procedure, your teeth may be slightly sensitive, and it is essential to avoid any hard or sticky foods that could damage or dislodge the veneers. These types of food include nuts, seeds, popcorn, candies, and chewing gum.

It is also advisable to cut up harder foods like fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces to avoid any unnecessary pressure on the veneers. Instead, opt for softer foods that require less effort to chew.

Be Gentle When Brushing and Flossing

While it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene, it is also essential to be gentle when brushing and flossing your teeth after getting dental veneers. To safeguard your veneers and prevent any irritation, opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles and employ gentle, circular movements.

It is also recommended to use a non-abrasive toothpaste and avoid harsh mouthwashes that may contain alcohol. Flossing should also be done carefully, avoiding any excessive force that could cause the veneers to come loose.

Avoid Staining Agents

Dental veneers are crafted from either porcelain or composite resin, and both materials may undergo discoloration as time passes. To maintain the natural appearance of your veneers, it is essential to avoid any staining agents such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco products.

If you do consume these staining agents, make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward and brush your teeth to prevent any staining from occurring.

Wear a Mouthguard

If you engage in contact sports or activities that could potentially cause mouth impact, it is crucial to wear a mouthguard to safeguard your dental veneers. Although veneers are resilient, they can still sustain damage from powerful hits.

Custom-fitted mouthguards can also help prevent clenching and grinding of the teeth, which can put unnecessary pressure on the veneers and cause them to come loose.

Attend Regular Dental Check-Ups

Even with proper care, dental veneers may still require maintenance or adjustments over time. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for monitoring the state of your veneers and resolving any potential problems that may arise.

 Your dentist will be able to make any necessary adjustments or repairs to ensure your veneers continue to look and function their best.

Consider a Nightguard

If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, especially while sleeping, it is recommended to consider using a nightguard. This can help protect both your natural teeth and dental veneers from unnecessary pressure and wear.

Your dentist can custom-fit a nightguard for you, ensuring maximum comfort and protection while sleeping.

Avoid Using Teeth as Tools

At some point, we have all been guilty of using our teeth for things other than their intended purpose. However, it is crucial to refrain from doing so, especially when it comes to dental veneers. 

Dental veneers are thin coverings made of porcelain or composite resin and are not designed to withstand the pressure of activities like opening bottles or tearing open packages.

Using your teeth for these tasks can result in damage to your veneers such as chips, cracks, or even dislodgement. Therefore, it is advisable to use the appropriate tools for such activities and ensure the protection of your veneers from unnecessary harm.

It is vital to adhere to these instructions after getting dental veneers to guarantee the long-lasting and effective outcome of your new smile. By maintaining good oral hygiene, refraining from harmful habits, and scheduling regular check-ups, you can experience the full advantages of your dental veneers for many years.

Call Us for Your Veneers! 

If you are considering dental veneers or have recently had them placed, make sure to follow these instructions and consult with your dentist if you have any concerns or questions. 

At Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco, we can make a big transformation and boost your confidence, but it’s important to take proper care of your veneers to see the best results.