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Veneers and Best Eating Habits

What Can I Eat After Getting Cosmetic Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to imitate natural enamel and improve the shape, color, or appearance of your teeth. Veneers can completely transform your smile, but they do require a little additional care as they cannot repair themselves like teeth can. One of the most important adjustments to make is changing your eating habits.

In general, you can eat any food you like with veneers, but it is important to go easy on them. These guidelines will help you protect your new veneers and keep your smile looking its best.

Food & Drinks to Avoid with Veneers

One of the most common questions among patients getting new cosmetic dental veneers here in Studio City is: “What do I have to avoid?”

The good news is this list is short; you can eat and drink anything you like with veneers, but it’s important to keep the veneers in mind.

Dark Liquids

Dark liquids that can stain teeth like coffee, tea, and red wine should be avoided if possible. While porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant, teeth and the bonding agent are not. If you do drink tea or coffee, try to rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth afterward.

Alcohol & Alcohol-Based Mouthwash

Excessive alcohol may also soften the bonding agent and weaken the bond of the porcelain over time. Avoid mouthwash, which has a high alcohol content. Instead, choose a mouthwash without alcohol or use a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide.

Hard Foods

The most important thing to remember is while veneers are typically strong, they still lack the tensile strength of natural teeth. It’s important to avoid anything that can twist the veneer, including using your front teeth to bite hard foods like raw carrots or eating meat down to the bone. Use your back teeth to chew hard foods to protect the veneers.

Foods to Enjoy with Dental Veneers

You can enjoy all of your favorite foods and beverages with veneers! As long as you eat carefully with hard foods and practice good oral hygiene, your veneers will last for many years without damage.

Caring for Dental Veneers - Studio City

How to Care for Your Dental Veneers

Your dental veneers have made your smile beautiful again. Great! Now, you’re going to want to keep them looking good.

In order to do that, it’s important to care for them properly. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Brush and Floss Regularly

This is the most important part about maintaining your new dental veneers. Now, if you had bad brushing and flossing habits before, this is the time to ditch those old behaviors.

Brush and floss at least twice a day. Three times a day is even better. This is the biggest mistake that people make, so be sure to make a point of this.

2. Be Mindful

It’s important to understand that your veneers might not be quite as sturdy as your old teeth. Things that were bad for your teeth before, like opening a beer bottle with your teeth or tearing open a bag with your teeth, are especially bad now.

Go easy on your veneers; don’t do anything that you know you shouldn’t do.

3. Avoid Grinding

Grinding your teeth is bad for your teeth, and can be bad for veneers as well. Some patients have been known to grind so hard they pop their veneers off in their sleep.

However, most people can’t help themselves; it happens during sleep, subconsciously. If you know this is a problem, tell our staff about this. We can make a mouth guard to fit you that will prevent your grinding from damaging your new veneers.

Your new teeth look great thanks to cosmetic dentistry and veneers from Studio City Dental Center – congratulations! Now, it’s up to you to keep it that way by following these best practices.

Dr. Zareh Kouyoumdjian
12435 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, California 91604
Phone: (818) 762-2977
Email: info@studiocitydentalcenter.com

Fax: (818) 762-6772

Friendly staff, little to no wait, and Dr. K is professional and informative.
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