Caring For Your Veneers

In a perfect world, we would all have strong, healthy, aesthetic, dazzling white teeth that even the world’s greatest orthodontists would be envious of. Sadly, thanks to genetics, lifestyle habits, and the typical Western diet, we often find that our teeth are far from perfect. They’re often stained, brittle, misaligned, and even completely dead and rotten in some cases.

This can leave us feeling self-conscious about our smiles, and nobody wants that. If your teeth are in need of some TLC, it might be worth looking into clip-on veneers. Clip on veneers are basically protective cases that fit over the teeth, designed to look just like real, super-healthy, brilliant white teeth. They give the impression of the wearer having healthy teeth, plus they help to protect the teeth underneath.

As they are clip ons, they can also be worn and removed at the wearer’s leisure. They do require some looking after however. Here are 4 tips for caring for your clip-on veneers.

Remove them before eating

Though this may seem like a bit of a chore, experts recommend that clip-on veneers be removed before the wearer eats any food. This is for a few reasons. To begin with, removing them helps to prevent staining, so they will stay nice and white. Then there’s the added bonus of it also helping to keep them in the best possible condition. Foods contain all kinds of acids and chemicals that can damage the material and cause it to deteriorate, and the last thing you will want is for that to happen.

Clean them

Remember, for all intents and purposes, clip on veneers should be treated just like real teeth. This means that you should get into the habit of cleaning them as well as your regular teeth hiding underneath. It may sound like a lot of work but seriously, how many of you can honestly say that you don’t have a spare 5 – 10 minutes per day to set aside and clean your teeth and veneers? Use toothpaste as well as dental floss to ensure you get the best possible results.

Avoid baking soda and sodium bicarbonate toothpastes

Many popular brands of toothpaste out there now contain ingredients like sodium bicarbonate, and/or baking soda. While these may be beneficial for the teeth, for brushing your veneers they’re no good at all. You see, these ingredients can eat away at the surface of the veneers, plus as they are gritty, this can rough up the surface of the veneers, causing them to look dull and to lose their shine.

See a dentist regularly

Finally, this last tip is one that should apply to everyone, whether you have veneers in or not. To ensure your clip-ons stay in the best possible condition, and to make sure your teeth are just as healthy, you should try to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a check-up. They will examine your teeth, and can look over the veneers to make sure they are looking and functioning as they should.