Designed and fabricated to fit over the front surface of teeth, veneers are the perfect solution for people who need to fix multiple cosmetic dental problems, including chipped teeth, badly shaped teeth, gaps between teeth and permanently stained teeth. 

If you are a potential candidate for treatment with dental veneers, you should learn how to take care of these orthodontic appliances so you can maximise their performance and lifespan.

Here are the top maintenance tips for your dental veneers.

Stick to Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine

One of the top advantages of dental veneers is that they don't require wearers to make any adjustments to their daily oral hygiene routines. If you've been religiously brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis or as recommended by your dentist, then you probably won't need to change your daily oral hygiene routine to accommodate the veneers.

Unlike the brackets and wires on dentures, which can trap food particles, veneers are simply fitted onto the front surface of the affected teeth, allowing you to brush and floss just like you'd do without the orthodontic appliances in your mouth. 

Don't Clench Your Teeth

Some habits aren't good for your dental veneers at all. Clenching or gnashing of teeth is one such habit. When you gnash your teeth when wearing veneers, the pressure that you exert by your jaws can cause your veneers to break or slowly get eroded.

Your dentist can provide you with a mouthguard to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night. As teeth clenching is usually associated with stress, finding ways to reduce stress levels, such as yoga and massage, can help to minimise teeth grinding.

Chew Food Slowly

Chewing food at a slower pace is a habit that can help you eat less and lose weight, but it can also preserve your precious dental veneers. Chewing food quickly exposes veneers to greater chewing forces, which may lead to faster deterioration of the veneers. So you're better off biting your food slowly, steadily and in small bits. 

In addition to keeping your veneers in the best condition possible, chewing food slowly also helps to ensure proper breakdown of food for easy digestion in the stomach.

If you follow the above-elaborated tips, your veneers will remain in top condition for as long as possible. If you are ready to get your dental veneers, schedule a consultation with your dentist to see if you're eligible for treatment with veneers.