Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting cosmetic dentistry option to correct many cosmetic dental imperfections. They are custom-made to be the size, color, length, and shape that you want. They also match your surrounding teeth to give you the most natural-looking smile. Although veneers can fix many dental issues and create a beautiful smile, there are some foods that need to be avoided after getting porcelain veneers. Dr. Michaela Tozzi can inform her patients in Las Vegas, NV of the foods to avoid with porcelain veneers.
What veneers can correct
Porcelain veneers are a restoration that covers the front of the enamel to create a flawless smile. Dr. Tozzi has successfully used them to help her patients in Las Vegas, NV to hide many imperfections, including:
Minor gaps between the front teeth
Worn enamel edges
Narrow or short teeth
Yellow, stained, or discolored teeth
Slightly crooked or overlapping teeth
The Veneers Process
Porcelain veneers are placed during two different appointments at Michaela Tozzi, DMD. During your first appointment in our Las Vegas, NV office, Dr. Tozzi prepares your teeth by shaving off a thin layer of your tooth enamel. This helps make sure that your veneers will sit evenly on the surface of your teeth. At your second appointment, she crafts a physical model of your veneers to incorporate your bite, your desired result, and other important factors. A digital impression is taken of your teeth and sent to a local dental lab.
Temporary veneers are placed on your teeth while we wait for your high-quality porcelain veneers to be made. After about two weeks, you will re-visit our office to be fitted for your porcelain veneers. Dr. Tozzi will make minor adjustments, as needed, to achieve the best possible fit. With proper care, regular dental exams and routine dental cleanings, and a healthy diet, your veneers can last for ten years or longer.
Foods to avoid with veneers
Permanent porcelain veneers are less susceptible to staining, unlike natural teeth. However, they are not indestructible and can be damaged or worn down. You can prevent damage and staining your veneers by avoiding these foods or beverages:
Any food or beverages that is highly acidic, such as tomato sauce or lemons, which can erode the bonding material
Ice, which can chip or break your veneers
Sticky foods, such as gum or taffy
Hard foods, such as hard candies or candied apples
Alcohol as it softens the surface of the bonding material
Stain-causing beverages, like tea, coffee, and red wines
Also, avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice or pens, since they can lead to chips or breaks on your veneers. Dr. Tozzi is committed to making your smile the best it can be. Following an appropriate diet for porcelain veneers helps you achieve that goal.
How to care for porcelain veneers
Caring for your veneers is easy and helps them to last longer. Even if you have veneers, you can still get cavities. Getting regular dental care, including annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings, allows us to detect dental problems early on. Brushing and flossing regularly helps to remove plaque, food debris, and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. This regular oral hygiene routine allows your veneers to be cared for and maintained. For patients with a habit of teeth clenching or grinding, a custom night guard can help protect your porcelain veneers.
Learn if you can eat normally with veneers
Michaela Tozzi, DMD can offer helpful tips on your diet after getting porcelain veneers in Las Vegas, NV. Veneers help repair and restore a smile. They can last 10 – 15 years with proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet free of foods that can cause damage. To learn if you’re a candidate for veneers, schedule an appointment with Dr. Michaela Tozzi to discuss smile makeover procedures.