Are you ready to turn the smile of your dreams into reality? Veneers are a great option to fix several flaws at once. In as few as 2 appointments, you can say goodbye to stains, chips, cracks, and gaps. Your dazzling smile can last for 10 years or more with the correct care, but you will need to watch what you eat. Don’t worry, you won’t have to give up your favorite foods. Although you’ll need to make a few diet changes with veneers, it’s a small sacrifice to safeguard your investment. Here are the foods you should avoid to ensure your picture-perfect smile lasts.
Eating with Temporary Veneers
Applying veneers requires a two-step process. Your first visit involves preparing your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel and taking impressions of your mouth to create your veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will use elite technology to design your restorations to meet your exact needs. The information is sent to the dental lab, where it can take them a couple of weeks to make your veneers, so your dentist will attach temporary ones to protect your teeth while you wait. You’ll get to try on your new smile, but your short-term restorations won’t be as durable as your final veneers.
You can avoid any mishaps between appointments by removing a few foods from your diet, like:
- Hard foods, including candy, ice, and raw vegetables or fruits
- Tough or chewy meats
- Sticky foods, like caramel
- Crusty or toasted bread
- Stain-causing foods and drinks, such as coffee or berries
Instead, your cosmetic dentist will recommend eating:
- Pasta without spaghetti sauce
- Soft bread
- Mashed potatoes
Eating with Temporary Veneers
After the dental lab sends your high-grade porcelain veneers back to your dentist, you’ll return to have them applied to your teeth. While veneers are thinner than ever, they are very durable. However, they aren’t indestructible, so it’s best to limit how often you have certain foods that can damage them, like:
- Extremely Hard Foods: Hard foods can chip or crack your veneers and natural teeth.
- Dark Liquids: Tea, coffee, and red wine can stain your natural teeth, making your veneers look discolored.
- Alcoholic Beverages: Alcohol can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers to your teeth.
Besides the foods you eat, your cosmetic dentist will have a few additional tips to safeguard your investment, including:
- Commit to your oral hygiene at home using nonabrasive dental products.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard in your play sports.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects, like pencils or your fingernails.
- Don’t use your teeth in place of scissors or other tools.
- Visit your dentist for a cleaning and checkup every 6 months.
With healthy habits at home and a balanced diet, you can ensure your dazzling smile will thrive for years.
About Dr. Larry C. Young
Dr. Young earned his dental degree at the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and has completed advanced education in many specialties, like cosmetic dentistry, fixed prosthodontics, and restorative dentistry. If you’re ready to transform your smile, contact our office today to request your consultation.