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Foods You Should Avoid with Porcelain Veneers

May 26, 2021

Getting porcelain veneers in Litchfield is one of the best ways to improve your smile; they hide imperfections like chips, cracks, stains, and more. If you’ve made the decision to get them, you won’t want your investment to go to waste. Whether you’ve recently started your process or you’ve had your veneers for a while, the foods and drinks you consume will directly affect the look and longevity of your dental treatment. Keep reading to learn what to avoid when wearing temporary or permanent veneers.

Temporary Veneers

If your dentist has recently attached temporary veneers to your teeth, it is very likely that you may have to wait two or three weeks before your customized veneers arrive. Temporary veneers are typically made of sturdy acrylic and are attached using temporary cement. While you can eat any food you like, your food choices will definitely affect how well both your temporary and permanent veneers last. Here is a list of foods you should avoid:

  • Hard foods like raw fruits and vegetables, popcorn, candy and ice
  • Sticky foods like taffy, peanut butter or caramel
  • Foods that can stain, like ketchup, berries, tomatoes, coffee, tea, soda and red wine
  • Toasted or crusty bread
  • Meats that are difficult to chew like beef jerky, well-done steak, etc.

Permanent Veneers

Your permanent, customized veneers are made from high-quality, medical-grade porcelain, which is much stronger and more stain-resistant than your temporary set, due to their non-porous design. However, if you like to drink coffee, tea or red wine frequently, the bonding agent that holds your veneers in place can become stained. It’s a good idea to drink water or brush your teeth soon after consuming these drinks. Here is some additional information you should also keep in mind:

  • Acids and alcohol can weaken the material that holds your veneer to your teeth. With that said, it’s a good idea to steer clear of alcohol-based mouthwashes and acidic foods like lemons, limes and tomatoes.
  • When eating hard foods like raw carrots or fruit, only use your back teeth to chew. Biting into them could loosen the bonding material.
  • It’s a known fact that nicotine products are bad for your overall health and put you at a greater risk of developing oral cancer. But the tar and nicotine can stain the bonding agent, giving your veneers a yellow or brown tint to the edges of your veneers.

Your new veneers are much more difficult to break or crack than your temporary veneers, but they can be damaged by certain behavior and foods. In order to keep your new smile in excellent shape, be thoughtful about the food and drinks you consume. If you run into any issues or have questions about specific items, don’t hesitate to contact your cosmetic dentist in Litchfield.

About the Author

Dr. Seraphim Moreira has been practicing dentistry for more than 35 years. His dedication to providing his patients with personalized, comprehensive dental care is evident in his approach. He takes time to build amazing relationships with them and getting to know and taking care of their individual needs. He and his staff at Litchfield Smiles will work tirelessly to help every patient achieve the beautiful smile they deserve. If you’re ready to transform your smile, contact the office at (623) 935-5055 or visit the website to schedule a visit.