Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or various other materials that are applied to the outer layer of your teeth. The purpose of dental veneers is to make your teeth appear uniform in shape and size. While a veneer is not weak, it may eventually crack if it is placed under extreme pressure. The constant force from biting hard foods and objects can cause a fracture in your smile and veneer. While a small crack may not require the attention of a dentist, it can lead to staining. Once a veneer begins staining, the process is hard to reverse. Luckily, there are a few rinses that you can use to prevent your cracked dental veneer from staining.
Peppermint Lemon Juice Rinse
Lemons contain antibacterial and antiviral properties that are ideal for fighting off bacterial infections and healing open wounds. However, the citrus fruit also contains whitening properties. These properties help to prevent staining from occurring. Peppermint is also good for fighting off plaque and tartar in your mouth. A peppermint rinse can be created by steeping a handful of fresh peppermint leaves in hot water. Allow the leaves to sit for hours, then add lemon juice from several lemons. Work the rinse throughout your entire mouth, but make sure to completely submerge your fractured veneer in the rinse. Use the rinse immediately following a meal and before bed.
While strawberries may seem like a treat for your taste buds, they also contain properties that can help reduce staining. Strawberries are considered to be natural teeth whiteners because they contain large amounts of malic acid. You can create a simple rinse by placing a handful of strawberries in a blender and adding several cups of water to the blender. Allow the mixture to blend until it is completely smooth. The mixture should be the same consistency as water. Strain the strawberry rinse before using it. Use the rinse to clean around your gumline and concentrate on your fractured veneer. Allow the rinse to sit in your mouth for a few minutes before rinsing it out with warm water. Use the strawberry rinse in the morning and night in order to prevent further staining on your veneer.
A small crack in your veneer may not be a big problem, but the crack allows food and beverages to stain the veneer. Therefore, use these tips to help prevent your cracked veneer from staining.
For more information and advice, it may also be good to talk with a dentist, such as those at Preferred Family Dental.