Porcelain Veneers

Your Guide to Caring for Porcelain Veneers

Looking for solutions to mask tooth flaws and imperfections? If so, you’ve come to the right place. At Dr. Rick Dentistry, we offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers, to correct those little things that bother you about your smile. Our team has put together a guide with everything you need to know about porcelain veneers and how to care for them to ensure their longevity.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are custom-crafted, wafer-thin “shells” that Dr. Rick places on the front surfaces of not-so-perfect teeth, instantly transforming your smile. They offer an excellent solution for improving the color, size, shape, or overall appearance of your teeth. The porcelain material mimics the color and translucency of your natural teeth, delivering beautifully natural results. 

The following are some of the uses of porcelain veneers: 

  • Repairing chipped, cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth
  • Improving the appearance of uneven, misshapen, misaligned teeth
  • Masking severe staining not responsive to traditional whitening treatments
  • Closing gaps or small, uneven spaces between teeth
  • Restoring severely worn teeth caused by constant grinding (bruxism)
  • Covering damaged tooth enamel, restoring a tooth’s health and strength
  • Increasing the size or length of small or short teeth
  • Providing a total smile makeover

Tips for Caring for Porcelain Veneers

The following tips will ensure your veneers continue to enhance your smile for many years to come: 

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Caring for your porcelain veneers is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Make sure you brush and floss regularly to keep your veneers clean and your smile healthy and bright. 
  • Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush: Avoid using hard-bristled toothbrushes or toothpaste with strong abrasives, which can rub away the polish on your veneers. That also helps prevent damage to your natural tooth enamel. 
  • Avoid Hard Foods: While porcelain veneers are incredibly durable, they still run the risk of chipping or breaking, just like natural tooth enamel. Avoid biting into hard foods or chewing your nails to prevent damage to your restorations. 
  • Wear a Mouthguard: Grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep, a condition known as bruxism, can wear down your veneers over time. A custom mouthguard provides cushioning, preventing damage to your veneers. 
  • Limit Staining Foods: While porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, certain foods can dull them. We recommend limiting coffee, tea, dark sodas, berries, and other dark foods or beverages to keep your smile white and bright.  
  • Regular Dental Checkups: We recommend visiting Dr. Rick Dentistry for your twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. We will monitor your teeth and restorations and ensure they stay in tip-top shape. 

Porcelain Veneers Near Me in Scottsdale, AZ

Contact Dr. Rick Dentistry today to learn more about transforming your smile with porcelain veneers. Dr. Rick and his dedicated team are happy to offer tips and guidance to ensure your restorations continue to enhance your smile for many years. We invite you to call us at 480-585-4244 to schedule your appointment or request one online today!