Your Favorite Foods and Long-Term Veneer Care

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Porcelain veneers create a beautiful, healthy-looking smile over the course of just a few appointments at our office. Wondering what you can do to keep your veneers sparkling and beautiful for the long-term? One approach is to be conscientious about how the foods you eat will affect your veneers. Please learn more below and call our Crystal Lake dental practice if you have any questions: 815-893-6345.

Foods to Enjoy Cautiously with Veneers

Steak grilled and served with tomatoes should be sliced to protect veneersPorcelain veneers are very durable and strong, but they are not immune from breaking, fracturing or chipping, especially because of:

  • Ice cubes. Chewing on ice cubes can easily chip a veneer, or a tooth! It's best to leave ice cubes in your cup and not in your mouth, to avoid any potential chewing on the hard, frozen cubes.
  • Hard candies. Some candies are better to savor than to chew and crunch. Hard sweets like caramels, lollipops and similar lozenge-type candies can be firm enough to chip or crack a veneer.
  • Chewy meats and bone-in meats. Slice bone-in meats and steaks, as well as any tough or chewy meat, into small, bitesize pieces. Doing so will prevent teeth and veneer fractures.
  • Firm whole vegetables and fruit. You should always eat a healthy helping of fruit and vegetables, but it would benefit your veneers to slice up firm produce like carrots, apples and broccoli so they are easier to chew.

These are some of the most common culprits when it comes to needed dental repairs, but proceed with caution for any food that seems firm, chewy or otherwise difficult to chew. You can cut most things up into smaller pieces.

Foods (and Beverages) to Look Out For to Keep Veneers Brilliantly White

Woman smiling in an outdoors portrait after getting veneersThe other thing to think about is discoloration. Like their durability, veneers are also known for their stain resistance. But your un-veneered teeth are still completely vulnerable to stains, and over the years, the veneers themselves may become dull and dingy. You can prevent discoloration and yellowing by moderating, avoiding or rinsing with water after enjoying the following:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sports drinks
  • Soda
  • Curry sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato and barbecue sauces
  • Beets
  • Blackberries and blueberries

Some of these things are quite healthy and enjoyable. Instead of eliminating them altogether, you can rinse your mouth with plain water after consuming them. That will wash away some of the stain-causing material.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Although these precautions will help to protect and maintain your veneers, life with these restorations does not really require any more maintenance than good dental hygiene. The same steps you take to care for your teeth and gums will help you take care of your veneers.

If you are interested in porcelain veneers to rejuvenate your smile, please call Crystal Family Dental Care in Crystal Lake, Illinois, at 815-893-6345. Dr. Preet Sandhu is an experienced cosmetic dentist who is proud to provide results for her patients from across the region, including the areas of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills.