What Are Dental Veneers?

December 3, 2021

Veneers are thin, tooth-like shells attached to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are made from resin-composite or porcelain and are permanently bound to your teeth.

If you have concerns about your smile, veneers are a good treatment option for you. These concerns include discolored teeth, misshapen, chipped, gapped, broken, or misaligned teeth. They are also a great option if your teeth are smaller-than-average.

Veneers are mainly applied on the top front six or eight teeth to give you a symmetrical and even smile. In case you have only one broken or chipped tooth, one veneer is all you will need.

The process of getting veneers includes wearing temporary veneers to protect your teeth from sensitivity until permanent veneers are ready and also helps test your new perfect smile. They are made of Acrylic and are fixed with temporary cement.

However, after getting porcelain veneers, you will need to make some changes in your eating habits.

Foods to Avoid with Temporary Dental Veneers

Temporary veneers can be displaced or damaged. For these reasons, you should take care of them to ensure they stay intact. In addition, there are some foods you might need to avoid for a few days after placement.

Foods to avoid include:

  • Hard food like popcorn, candies, raw fruits, candies, ice, etc.
  • Crunchy food like seeds, nuts, crisps, etc.
  • Chocolate.
  • Pigmented drinks that may color your teeth, such as red wine, tea, and coke
  • Sticky food (sticky candies, gums)
  • Tough meat that can be difficult to chew.
  • Toasts and other crusty and crunchy bread
  • Any food that can leave a stain on your teeth; curry, ketchup, red pepper, and jams

The bottom line is to avoid anything that makes you chew, bite, and grind with increased pressure, which may damage your veneer. Also, avoid coloring food and drinks as temporary veneers are vulnerable to staining.

Can We Smoke After Dental Veneers?

It’s a terrible idea to smoke after getting veneers, but one can still smoke. Porcelain veneers will mask your teeth from direct exposure to cigarette and cigar smoke. However, tobacco products will still stain natural teeth structures and cause other dental problems such as decayed teeth.

Food You Can Eat with Temporary Veneers

Our dentist will advise you only to eat soft and non-staining foods (white, yellow, cream, etc.). Feel free to eat the following foods:

  • Mashed potato
  • Pasta
  • Bananas
  • Soft canned food
  • Bread without crust
  • Whitefish
  • Eggs
  • Chicken sliced into small pieces

Food to Avoid Eating with Permanent Porcelain Veneers (and Drinks and Other Products)

The fact that permanent porcelain veneers can be effortlessly polished and are less susceptible to staining makes them the best. Therefore, even if they get stained, our dentist near you will remove the stains in a few minutes.
However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take care of your veneers. Therefore, to reduce the need for professional cleanings, there are things that you might need to exclude from your diet.
They include:

  • Chewing tobacco
  • Hard foods
  • Alcoholic beverages have a detrimental effect on the binding material.
  • Dark liquids (coffee, red wine, black tea, etc.)

If there are specific foods you can’t give up, make sure you rinse your teeth with water after every meal and maintain good oral hygiene. If possible, brush your teeth after eating foods that might stain your veneers because if the food remains in your mouth for long, the odds of staining increase.

If you experienced increased sensitivity in your teeth after the procedure, avoid cold and hot drinks or foods. Make sure you take small bites and cut the food into many pieces. Chew with your back teeth if you must eat hard food.

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