If there are any small cracks or unsightly discoloration on your teeth that you want to cover up, porcelain veneers in Chicago Loop may be the perfect solution. That said, while veneers are durable and resistant to stains, you need to take good care of them to make sure they last as long as possible. Here are some foods that you should avoid if you want to keep your new and improved smile.
Eating with Temporary Veneers
In most cases, it’ll take two visits to get porcelain veneers. During the first appointment, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel removed so that the veneers will fit; while the permanent versions are being made in a lab (which can take 2 to 3 weeks), you may receive temporary restorations to protect your teeth in the meantime. During this period, be extremely wary of the following foods:
- Tough Meats: Meat that requires a lot of chewing, such as steak, can cause discomfort and might damage the veneers.
- Sticky Foods: Sticky candy like caramel or taffy can potentially pull a veneer off of its tooth.
- Hard Foods, Crunchy Foods: Your temporary veneers could be broken if you use them to bite down on pretzels, peanuts, hard candy, apples, or other similarly hard foods. (If you do eat them, try to chew with your back teeth only.
- Dark-Colored Foods and Beverages: You don’t want your temporary veneers to stain, so be careful with coffee, tea, berries and other foods and drinks that are prone to causing discoloration.
- Chocolate: Hard chocolates can be especially bad for temporary veneers as they can cause both cracks and stains.
Eating with Permanent Veneers
Your permanent veneers will be a lot more durable than the temporary ones, so there will be much fewer diet restrictions. That said, there are still a few foods and drinks you need to be careful around:
- Extremely Hard Foods: Anything that poses a serious danger of cracking your natural teeth – such as ice or hard candy – can also damage permanent veneers. Also, if you eat meat off the bone, be very careful not to bite down on said bone.
- Dark-Colored Beverages: Just because porcelain resists stains doesn’t mean discoloration can’t still happen over time. If you must drink coffee or other darkly colored beverages, use a straw so that they spend less time touching your teeth.
- Alcohol: If you drink alcohol too often, it could weaken the bonding material that hold the veneers onto your teeth.
Your veneers can last up to 15 years if they’re well-cared for. In addition to avoiding the above foods, don’t forget to brush your teeth 2 to 3 times each day, and use dental floss to clean the otherwise hard-to-reach areas. And of course, continue to see your cosmetic dentist in Chicago Loop for regular checkups.
About the Author
Dr. Lillian Obucina is the founder of Lakefront Dental and has been providing families in Chicago Loop with high quality dentistry for over 25 years. She wants all of her patients to feel confident about their smiles, which is why she offers porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. To schedule an appointment, visit her website or call (312) 909-2839.