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Dental Hygienists: Expert Tips for Homecare

In between regular cleanings with a dental hygienist, many people wonder what they can do to clean, protect and strengthen their teeth. If you are one of the many people with questions, this blog is designed to help you keep your teeth sparkling in between professional cleanings. It shows you how to adapt professional dental hygiene methods for your home, it explores home whitening techniques, it discuses the best flossing strategies and more. If you want to protect your smile, stick around. You will love the tips, tricks and ideas about dental hygiene that you learn from this blog. Although professional cleanings are necessary, these is a lot you can do in between your appointments, and you can learn about that here. Thanks!

Protecting Your Investment: the Dos and Don'ts of Eating with Crown Veneers

Veneers can be an excellent option for those looking for a mouth makeover. They are an investment, and like any investment you make, you'll want to ensure you get maximum value for your money. If you've just bought a lovely set of crown veneers, or you're about to have some fitted, read on. This guide will give you the essential lowdown so you can make sure your pearly whites remain just that — pearly white. Here's what you should and shouldn't be eating and how to care for your newly refurbished teeth.

A Small Note of Reassurance

Crown veneers are as strong as your natural teeth underneath. Thus, they are no more prone to damage than actual teeth. That said, natural teeth can be chipped and broken — you should be as careful with your new crown veneers as you would be with your original teeth.

Guard against Foods and Drinks That Stain and Damage

Like your teeth, veneers can be stained. You should avoid the following food and drink items if at all possible. Dark liquids such as cola, coffee, black teas and red wines may cause staining. Alcohol should be limited due to its ability to ruin the bonding material of your veneers. You should also be careful with hard foods like ice, boiled sweets and those popcorn kernels at the bottom of the bag that fail to pop. You may find it too difficult to stop eating or drinking some of these foods and beverages. If so, you should make sure you rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth after consuming strong-coloured food items. 

General Aftercare for Your New Veneers

It's possible to experience a degree of increased sensitivity after having crown veneers fitted. If this happens, you should avoid hot and cold beverages and foods for a while. Cutting your food into smaller pieces will help by reducing the amount of chewing you need to do when you eat. Try to limit forceful chewing by eating appropriate foods until the sensitivity subsides, and use back teeth when eating harder foods instead of the sensitive front ones.

Although your natural teeth are no longer exposed, you shouldn't think that they're immune to cavities or damage. You still need to brush and floss daily to keep your teeth healthy. You'll also need to keep up with regular dental check-ups. If you adhere to these rules, your crown veneers can last for many years.