If you use a mouthwash, you may need to pay close attention after porcelain veneers are placed. Porcelain veneers are secured to the teeth with an incredibly strong bonding material that allows them to serve the same function as natural tooth enamel. However, this bonding material can be weakened by mouthwash containing alcohol, making it important that you avoid these more astringent products if you have porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Veneer Care
In addition to daily care, you can protect your veneers from damage by:
- Avoiding abrasive toothpaste
- Using a soft bristled tooth brush
- Refraining from chewing ice and hard candy
- Not grinding your teeth
It is also important to remember that porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, not stain-proof. You can extend the life expectancy of your veneers by reducing your intake of dark beverages and foods, not smoking or using tobacco products, and maintaining a strong daily oral healthcare routine. During your free cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Austin office, Dr. Schmid can discuss proper care and answer any additional question you may have.