How are veneers maintained?

The question about maintaining veneers is an interesting one. Veneers are bonded to the teeth through a chemical process. The strongest bond is to enamel. There is a weaker bond to the area below the enamel which is the dentin.
Teeth need to be cleaned and checked several times per year for maintenance. All of the teeth are checked for decay and gum disease. Gingival (gum) problems can be diagnosed at an earlier stage and be arrested.

Veneers can chip and crack but generally not stain. The areas that can stain are at the junction between the tooth and the veneer. Whitening toothpaste will keep the staining to a minimum. The chipped and cracking can be reduced by wearing an appliance while sleeping. This reduces the chance of biting down on a veneer and cracking it. Also, certain foods and drinks should be avoided. Biting on bones such as ribs and chicken and ice can crack the veneers. They should be avoided if at all possible.

Daily flossing is essential to keep plaque bacteria to a minimum and reduce the chance of gum and decay problems.
For the first few weeks after veneers are placed, you will have to get used to the shape and size of your new teeth. Good oral hygiene must still be practiced to protect your teeth and gums from decay and gum disease. Your dentist will probably ask you to return after a few weeks to check to see if there are any complications that need to be managed.
Truthfully, almost the same way you care for your regular teeth. You still need to brush and floss (more for your gums and exposed parts of teeth, as the veneers themselves are immune to decay). I would say be careful the first few weeks especially, as you now have a "new" smile that will take some getting used to. And don't go doing things like biting hard candies/jawbreakers -- veneers can chip or break like your regular teeth can.

I would also say see the dentist twice a year (and more if he or she suggests, because of your veneers), but other than that, no problem.
Your dentist may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea or red wine. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture. But for many people the results are more than worth it. You should still see your dentist regularly for cleanings and screenings. During those visits your dentist will also check your veneers for any problems and offer tips for maintaining them.

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