What Changes Should I Make to My Diet While Wearing Veneers?

December 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — devotedphoenix @ 5:44 pm
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If you recently transformed your smile with the help of customized restorations, you may be wondering how you can extend the lifespan of your pearly whites by changing your diet while wearing porcelain veneers. It may not seem like a significant step, but when you consider how the foods you eat positively or negatively impact your smile, you’ll learn to make the right decisions for a healthier, happier smile. Read on to discover what changes you should make to your diet so your veneers will look better and last longer.

Temporary Veneers: Which Foods to Eat and Which Ones to Avoid

Between your first and second appointment, you will be required to wear temporary veneers. Although this timeframe is short, you will need to pay attention to certain food restrictions to avoid damaging your temporary teeth. To do this, not only will you need to maintain good oral hygiene, but you will also need to avoid hard, crunchy foods, as well as:

  • Caramels and other sticky food items
  • Stain-causing items (i.e., berries, coffee, tea, red wine, ketchup, soy sauce, etc.)
  • Tough meat
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Ice
  • Popcorn

Instead, you can enjoy options that are easier on your temporary veneers, including soft bread and fruits (i.e., bananas), mashed potatoes, pasta, baked chicken, and eggs.

Permanent Veneers: Changes You Should Make to Your Diet

Once your permanent veneers are in place, you can begin to enjoy more of your favorite foods. However, there are some items you’ll still want to avoid or at least, significantly limit to reduce your risk of potential damage or staining. Although these new restorations are made using high-quality materials (i.e., porcelain), they are not impenetrable or indestructible.

Some of the most common foods, beverages, and lifestyle habits you should avoid while wearing permanent veneers include:

  • Stain-causing foods and beverages (i.e., coffee, tea, soda, red wine)
  • Smoking and/or using tobacco products
  • Consuming alcoholic beverages, which can lessen the effectiveness of the bonding agent
  • Hard, crunchy foods

If you are unable to give up your morning cup of joe, you will need to drink it with a straw to minimize the amount of exposure between your veneers and the dark liquid. Also, it is helpful to either rinse with water after consuming a meal or brush your teeth to reduce the chances of stain-causing agents impacting your veneers.

Wearing veneers does not mean you must give up all your favorite foods, but if you want to ensure a longer life for your new teeth, you will need to commit to making some substantial changes along the way.

About the Author
Dr. John Ludu is a cosmetic dentist in Phoenix who achieved his doctorate at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Undergoing various specialty education courses, he has more than two and a half decades of dentistry experience. Dr. Ludu and the dental experts at Devoted Family Dental believe in offering exceptional solutions to transform smiles. If you are looking to improve the aesthetics of your smile with veneers and maintain a more beautiful smile for years or even decades, contact us at (623) 444-6222.

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