A Singapore Dentist’s Guide to Foods that can Affect Your Teeth’s Veneers

Woman with perfect smile

A popular quote says “Peace begins with a smile.” This is especially true for people who have perfect teeth. Their smile can surely bring peace as it is aesthetically pleasing. But, for the unlucky ones who belong to the other side of the spectrum, this may certainly be not the case.

There are a great number of adults who encounter problems with their teeth at some point in their lives. Poor oral hygiene is to be blamed by most. Having a sweet tooth growing up, some failed to take proper care of their teeth. Damaged and weak teeth are unsightly, but it does not mean that they cannot be fixed.

Patients often look for information on how to get veneers in Singapore and this article serves that purpose. Dental Designs Clinic provides not only information, but services to help people restore their gorgeous smiles. Read this article to know more about how to gain back yours.

Veneers: What are they?

Veneer installation procedure

Veneers are composite shells made out of either resin or porcelain. They are customised and fitted on your teeth. Veneers in Singapore are used to correct teeth discolouration teeth and improve its outer appearance.

What teeth problems can veneers address?

There is a long list of problems that veneers can address. Below are the most common concerns of patients that seek veneer treatment:

  • Discolouration of teeth – food and drink colouring can stain the teeth, causing it to yellow and look unclean. Veneers can fix this problem by being placed over yellowing teeth, especially when other alternatives no longer work.
  • Frayed enamel – damage to the enamel can be caused by vices, such as smoking or consumption of caffeine-infused beverages. Veneers can cover up enamels with this condition.
  • Gaps in between the teeth – Veneers can be used to close the gaps between teeth.
  • Uneven teeth – Irregular teeth can cause challenges when it comes to chewing and be displeasing to look at. Veneers can easily correct those problems.
  • Weak teeth – Veneers can improve the strength of weak teeth.

Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are permanent; however, patients need to undergo the use of temporary veneers made from acryl while waiting for the production of the permanent ones. Temporary dental veneers help protect the teeth from further damage and sensitivity.

Are veneers suited for everyone?

The results that veneers can give are beneficial to a lot of people, however, there are certain limitations as to the individuals who are best suited for this kind of dental treatment. You can use veneers on the following conditions:

  • You have healthy teeth and gums.
  • You have teeth that are severely stained
  • Your teeth need minimal aesthetic corrections only
  • Your teeth or bite are not severely misaligned
  • You have enough tooth enamel

What are the foods and beverages that are not allowed when using veneers?

Broken candy cane

There are several food and beverage items that patients must avoid when using veneers. The foods and beverages enumerated below are categorised according to temporary and permanent veneers.

Temporary veneers – Temporary veneers have a high possibility of being displaced or damaged during meal or snack time as they are only attached to the teeth using temporary cement. Patients are encouraged to skip some foods and stick only to a soft diet on the days following the placement of the temporary veneers on their teeth. Here is the list of food and beverages that can cause you to lose or damage your temporary veneers:

  • Food that is generally hard – candies, popcorn, ice, fruits and vegetables that are not cooked, and other similar food items
  • Food that is sticky – caramels, gums, candies
  • Foods and drinks that can leave a stain on the teeth – coffee, tea, sodas, ketchup, curries
  • Chocolate
  • Crisps, nuts, and seeds
  • Toasts, bread with hard shells or crusts
  • Tough meat

Permanent veneers – This type of veneers is much stronger and less prone to stains as compared to temporary veneers. Although it is sturdier and better, there are still factors like food and drink items that can damage them. These include:

  • Food that is generally hard – candies, popcorn, ice, fruits and vegetables that are not cooked, and other similar food items
  • Beverages that can cause teeth stains – coffee, tea, soda
  • Regular alcohol consumption
  • Smoking or tobacco chewing

How do you properly take care of veneers?

Good oral hygiene is important when it comes to maintenance of veneers. Rinsing and brushing your teeth should be done after every meal, especially if the foods and beverages consumed can cause stains. When biting or chewing hard food, it is best to use the teeth situated at the back of your mouth. Remember to gently chew your food. Chewing with force can lead to damaging of your veneers. Permanent veneers can last for a long time, but that does not mean that they cannot break. Improperly caring for them only heightens the risk of their wear and tear, so always be sure that they are properly cleaned.

 

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