Porcelain veneers are very durable cosmetic dental restorations, but they are not invincible. There are a variety of ways in which a veneer might get damaged.
Bruxism is a condition that can severely damage veneers. The excessive force that is exerted upon them as you grind or clench at night can cause them to chip and break. If you know that you suffer from bruxism, your dentist will likely require that you wear a mouth guard in order to protect the veneers.
In order to preserve your veneers, it is strongly recommended that you avoid biting your nails, chewing ice, and trying to open packages with your teeth. Certain hard foods like nuts, pretzels, and hard candy can also damage your veneers if you are not careful. Suffering injury or trauma to your mouth region can also cause a veneer to be damaged.
It is also advised that you maintain proper oral hygiene while you have veneers. While the veneers themselves are not subject to tooth decay, the tooth behind the veneer is still vulnerable to its effects. That is why it is important to brush and floss twice a day. You should also go to the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. If the tooth behind the veneer is damaged through decay, the veneer can also be compromised.
If you are interested in finding out if veneers are the right option for you, contact our Beverly Hills veneer expert to set up a consultation.