Foods And Beverages To Avoid With Veneers

Veneers are one great way to improve the appearance of your smile. They provide you with a very natural tooth appearance. Veneers also are stain-resistant, except against the worst staining agents, and are considered a very conservative way to restore your teeth, since they don't have to be shaved. However, you'll still want to be careful when using veneers since they can be damaged by certain types of foods.

Staining Veneers

Temporary Veneers

Temporary veneers are the most vulnerable because they are held in place by temporary cement. Therefore, you'll be limited in the type of foods you should eat until you have your permanent veneers put in place. Do not eat tough meat, sticky foods or hard candies.

You'd be better off eating ground beef or lunch meat. Avoid chewing on nuts or ice. Avoid peanut butter because your veneers might stick to it. Also, be careful with tough vegetables and raw fruits. Cooking tough vegetables, such as carrots, can make them easier to eat. Even easier is to stick with leafy greens. Try to eat soft bread rather than eating toasty bread. If you're looking for more carbs, have some spaghetti. 

Permanent Veneers

Permanent veneers are much more durable and are very resistant to staining, though they are vulnerable to some staining agents. You don't have to worry about them popping out as a result of temporary cement failing. However, certain types of foods can still damage your veneers.

Do not eat foods that are extremely hard, like hard candy. Don't chew on candy that you're supposed to suck. Avoid chewing on hard ice. Be careful when biting on hard vegetables or on meat down to the bone when using your front teeth. It's better to cut tough food up into smaller chunks and chew it in the back of your mouth.

The last thing you want is to have to replace your veneers because they have become stained. Avoid drinking alcohol and stop smoking. Do not use chewing tobacco. Your veneers will lose their natural shine and will no longer look like natural teeth. Therefore, it makes more sense to kick habits that are bad for your health as well.

Replacing Veneers

If you do notice that your veneers are damaged or have become stained, contact a cosmetic dentistry office. Dental veneers are expected to last a decade, so it might be time to have them replaced.