When you opt for dental veneers to cover your teeth and create a more uniform smile, you need to understand the process and how the choices you make every day can affect it. For example, since veneers are created as a custom-fit product, you will be fitted with temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being produced. Temporary veneers aren't as resilient as the permanent ones, so you'll need to be careful what you eat during this transitional period. Here are a few things that you should know about your dietary choices.
Some Meats Can Be Hard To Chew
Tougher, chewier meat cuts can be problematic when you have veneers. Red meats, in particular, can be an issue when you have temporary veneers. In addition, for the first few days after veneers are applied, you may find that chewier meats can also cause pain in your mouth from the persistent chewing.
Hard, tough, or crusty bread can also cause problems with temporary veneers. The temporary versions are fairly fragile, which means that the tension applied to them when you're biting into this kind of bread can actually damage or possibly dislodge the veneers.
Crunchy Or Hard Foods
The fragile nature of temporary veneers also means that foods like nuts, seeds, and hard chips can also be hazardous to your teeth. These foods aren't easy to bite into, and the hard, crunchy nature of them will put you at risk of breaking the adhesive on the veneers. In addition, you risk cracking a veneer in the process.
Brightly Colored Foods
Just like your teeth are susceptible to staining, temporary veneers are as well. That means it's in your best interest to avoid things like coffee, red wine, berries, tomatoes, and similar foods. While the veneers are only temporary and will be replaced, their unsightly nature when they're stained can be off-putting and may make you feel self-conscious. Keep in mind that it is best to limit your exposure to these types of foods once your permanent veneers are placed, too. They can stain permanent veneers as well.
If you're the type of person who likes a square of solid chocolate now and then, you should be careful about how you indulge when you have temporary veneers. Either work with thin chocolate pieces or cut it into small, bite-sized pieces first. Otherwise, the hard consistency of the chocolate could be too much for the veneers and may damage them.Share