Do I Have to Change My Eating Habits if I Get Veneers?
While porcelain veneers from Gary W. Machiko, DMD, LLC in Pittsburgh are designed to be durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear, it is still wise to follow a few precautions to keep them looking, feeling and functioning well for years to come. Depending on your eating habits before you got your veneers, this may mean you will need to make a few slight changes.
Are you planning to visit Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh for veneers in order to cover up your badly stained teeth? If so, you likely want to change your eating and drinking habits in the future to prevent additional staining from occurring. While your porcelain veneers themselves should not stain, the rest of your teeth can. This can lead to a mouthful of teeth that aren't all the same color.
Prevent staining by avoiding soda, coffee, red wine, tobacco, tomato products and berries, especially while you still have your temporary veneers. If you can't go without these various products, at least enjoy them in moderation, brush or rinse immediately afterward, and visit Dr. Machiko for regular cleanings.
Avoid Chewing Hard Foods and Other Objects
While your veneers should be attached securely, they can pop off if you chew hard food or objects at just the wrong angle. Prevent this by avoiding chewing bone, ice or your fingernails. Don't use your teeth to open packages, and avoid drinking too much alcohol, as this can weaken the bonding material. If you grind your teeth at night, be sure to wear a night guard for protection.
For most people, visiting their Pittsburgh dentist for veneers should not require a significant change in their eating habits. If you have had poor eating habits in the past, however, or if you are guilty of other bad habits that affect your teeth, you may need to make a few small changes. Talk to Dr. Machiko when you head in for your next appointment to find out more about how getting veneers will affect you.