There are so many options for enhancing your smile and helping your teeth look their very best. Porcelain veneers are among the most versatile cosmetic dentistry options available, which explains why so many dentists rely on veneers to perform smile makeovers. Numerous Williston, VT patients have come to Contemporary Dental Arts and been extremely satisfied with the results of their porcelain veneers.
After getting veneers placed, patients will need to adjust their diet to avoid tooth sensitivity and make the results of their veneers last as long as possible. Dr. Lauren Shanard and her team would like to go over some foods and drinks to avoid. Generally, you’ll want to wait at least two weeks before considering any of the foods or beverages listed below. Make sure to follow your dentist’s advice.
Hold/Cold Food Items
Hot and cold temperatures will trigger acute tooth sensitivity in the first several days after getting veneers. Try to have lukewarm and soft food items for the initial few days after your veneers have been placed.
Sticky or Gooey Candies
Taffy, caramel, and other kinds of gooey or sticky candies may loosen the bond between your new veneers and your teeth. Avoid these treats until your veneers are securely adhered in place, but only have candy on rare occassions.
Jolly Ranchers, jawbreakers, and seasonal favorites like candy canes can shift your veneers out of place. They can even lead to chips and cracks as well, so it’s important to keep these matters in mind.
While chewing gum is soft and not too sticky, it can have a negative impact on your porcelain veneers. Be sure to avoid having chewing gum until your dentist gives you the okay, and only go with sugar-free gum from now on.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are healthy treats, but their crunchiness can pose a few problems when it comes to your veneers. You’ll want to avoid these healthy snacks until your dentist says otherwise just to be on the safe side.
Light popcorn is another healthy snack to consider, but the little bits from the kernel could get caught between your teeth and trapped by your veneers. Rather than risk these problems, consider taking a break from popcorn for the time being.
Crispy Raw Vegetables
Carrots, celery, and other crispy vegetables can give your teeth a lot of trouble early on if you have porcelain veneers in place. Rather than risk damage to your veneers or other problems, wait to eat crunchy vegetables until your dentist gives you the okay.
Just like crisp vegetables, apples, pears, and other crunchy fruits can be challenging to eat when you first get porcelain veneers. Stick with soft fruits at first before taking a bite out of a juicy apple.
Steak, jerky, and other touch meats can lead to a lot of biting, chewing, and tearing. If you have just gotten veneers, this can lead to problems with stability and position. Try to have softer meats or more tender meats at first.
Chewing on ice is a bad habit, and it can cause damage to your veneers in the short run and the long run. After getting veneers, be sure to avoid chewing on ice cubes for the sake of your dental health.
Soft Drinks and Sugary Beverages
Soda, sugary fruit juices, and carbonated beverages in general can cause major wear and tear to your teeth. Try to avoid these kinds of drinks to prevent cavities and tooth erosion from occurring.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have a beautiful smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center. The team at Contemporary Dental Arts looks forward to your visit. You can reach our office by phone at (802) 878-9888.