Dental veneers are designed to handle normal biting and chewing, but there are still a few foods you should avoid, particularly when wearing temporary veneers. Stephen R. Harris, D.D.S., P.C., your Farmington, MI, dentist, is here to explain which foods you should skip.
Foods to avoid if you have temporary veneers
During the first step of the veneer process, your dentist files the fronts of your teeth and make molds of them. The dental laboratory uses these molds to create your custom veneers, which should be ready in about two to three weeks. In the meantime, you'll probably wear temporary veneers. Since these veneers aren't permanently attached to your teeth, they can move or become damaged if you aren't careful. Avoiding the following foods can help you prevent problems:
- Meat that requires substantial chewing, such as steak
- Ice, hard candy, apples and other hard foods
- Toast and breads with hard crusts
- Sticky candies
- Nut, potato chips, pretzels, seeds and other crunchy foods
- Foods that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine, cola, ketchup, tomatoes and berries
Once you receive your permanent veneers, you may want to avoid or limit these types of foods and actions:
- Hard Foods: It's never a good idea to bite into hard candies or biting close to the bone when eating foods like pork chops and chicken legs. Things like these can chip the porcelain..
- Ice: Biting down on ice cubes can chip or break your veneers.
- Using teeth like a tool: biting open a bag of chips. Avoid biting your nails or anything with exessive vertical force.
Dental veneers offer a simple way to change your smile and will last for years with proper care. Interested in learning if veneers are a good choice for you? Call Stephen R. Harris, D.D.S., P.C., your Farmington, MI, dentist, at (248) 478-4755 to schedule an appointment. Transform your smile with veneers!