Not sure what food you can eat with porcelain veneers?
Having picture-perfect teeth is no longer something inconceivable or reserved for the rich and famous. It’s now something that is doable and easily accessible—all you have to do is ask your dentist for porcelain veneers.
Rest assured, these veneers mimic the feel of your natural teeth: all you need to worry about is keeping your porcelain veneers safe (no crunching into teeth-breaking foods) and clean (regular brushing, flossing and dental visits).
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain, matched to the colour of your teeth or according to your desired shade of whiteness, bonded to the surface of your teeth. These veneers can correct a host of cosmetic dental issues by altering the shape, size, colour or length of your teeth. Furthermore, porcelain veneers can be used to fix worn down teeth, teeth that are chipped or broken and teeth that have slights gaps between them.
What is the procedure for getting porcelain veneers?
- Your dentist will first ensure that you are a suitable candidate for veneers by examining your teeth and taking dental X-rays should the need arise.
- Your tooth will then be prepared, which involves the removal of a small amount of enamel from your tooth.
- Next, an impression will be made of your tooth. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory, which uses the impression to create your veneer.
- In the interim, a temporary veneer may be placed on your tooth.
- Once your porcelain veneer is ready, your dentist will give you a call to have the veneer fitted. Adjustments will be made to your porcelain veneer (if need be) to ensure the perfect fit and colour.
- After your tooth has been cleaned, polished and etched, the veneer is then permanently attached to your tooth using dental cement.
What kinds of food CAN’T I eat with temporary veneers?
If you have temporary veneers fitted on your teeth, you will need to be extra-cautious about the foods you choose to eat. These veneers are meant to be removed once your custom-made veneers are ready and can thus become loose or damaged easily. Avoiding these foods is key to protecting your temporary veneers as well as your teeth:
- Tough, chewy meats;
- Ice (crunching on ice is a big no-no);
- Apples (biting into an apple should be avoided);
- Sticky, toffees and candies;
- Crunchy chips and pretzels;
- Tough bread that is difficult to bite into or chew;
- Stain-causing foods and drinks. These include coffee, teas, cool drinks, wines, soy sauce, curries, tomato sauce, and berries.
What kinds of foods CAN I eat with temporary veneers?
With temporary veneers, it is best to stick to soft foods that aren’t stain-causers. These foods include:
- Soft chicken cut into bite-sized pieces;
- Mashed potatoes;
- Soft canned foods;
- Soft fruits, such as bananas and plums.
What foods should I avoid with permanent porcelain veneers?
Unlike temporary veneers and even natural teeth, permanent porcelain veneers are less susceptible to staining. Porcelain veneers are, however, not indestructible, and when worn down or damaged, they can become less-resistant to staining. You can prevent damage and staining to your veneers by avoiding:
- Foods and beverages that are highly acidic in nature: these include lemons, cool drinks, and tomato sauce which can erode the bonding material;
- Biting into ice;
- Biting into hard foods such as toffee apples and hard candies;
- Frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages: the alcohol softens the surface of the bonding material;
- Frequent consumption of stain-causing drinks: this includes coffee, tea, and red wines. Although porcelain veneers are largely stain-resistant, the bonding material and teeth beneath them are not;
- Smoking or chewing tobacco;
- Using your teeth for other functions: as an extra pair of hands to hold onto heavy objects, or as a pair of scissors to tear through wrappings and packages.
The team at Wahroonga Family Dental Centre are dedicated to making your smile the best it can be. So, if you’re looking to improve your smile with porcelain veneers, give us a call and let us help get you on your way to achieving that smile you’ve always wanted!