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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.