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What Foods to Avoid With Porcelain Veneers

foods to avoid to protect teeth
19 February 2020

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers in Sydney are so popular because they are a painless and efficient way to hide stained, crooked or damaged teeth. They are not only durable, but they can be made to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth for a big confident smile. You only have to check out our website and view some of the porcelain veneers before and after photos for proof.

You can maintain a relatively normal diet with porcelain veneers. Most foods are ok to eat but not all foods. It can vary a little from person to person, but generally speaking the principles are the same. You will for a short time, be wearing temporary veneers. With temporary veneers you need to be far more careful than you do with permanent veneers. For instance, you can eat steak and other meats with permanent veneers depending on the cut of meat or chicken. It would be best to avoid both foods with temporary veneers.

Hard foods that may break the veneer are obviously not worth the risk. Hard or sticky candies are out of the question as are breads with a thick hard crust. Veneers or not, you should never chew ice. You really should never chew ice, with or without veneers, but it’s an absolute no no if you have veneers.

Steak and other meats can be difficult to chew so unless you are sure that the meat is a relatively tender cut, it might be safer to avoid. If you order a steak with a bone or a chicken leg, be very cautious about not chewing on the bone.

If you are a heavy drinker then the sustainability of your porcelain veneers may give you the perfect reason to cut down. Excessive alcohol can cause the bonding on your veneers to break down and become less secure. Moderate drinking is fine but excessive drinkers may be challenged. But it’s not only alcohol that can erode or dissolve the bending. Citrus; lemonade – anything acidic will have that effect. So will tomato sauce.

Coffee, tea and tobacco can all potentially stain your teeth. It would be a bit foolish to invest in porcelain veneers to cover your stained teeth, not change your habits and continue to stain them. It’s not that the veneers will stain but the more coffee or tobacco you consume, the more your adjacent teeth will discolour. If you’re not careful the disparity between your veneers and your other teeth will become very obvious.

For more information and an obligation free quote, you should contact Dr Jason Pang at Cosmic Smile in Neutral Bay for a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Dr. Greenhalgh will discuss these items with you in greater detail during the preparation phase of your procedure. By caring properly for your porcelain veneers, you can enjoy your beautiful new smile for 10-15 years.