Tooth veneers are becoming increasingly popular—they are artificial surfaces that are attached to the teeth to improve their appearance. However, the effect will be spoilt if the veneers themselves become discoloured or damaged. How you clean and maintain your veneers will depend upon which type you have.
These are the most expensive type, but also the most durable. They are also far less liable to stain or damage than other types of veneers. This does not mean you can neglect your daily oral hygiene routine, however; the tooth beneath the porcelain will still be liable to decay and discoloration.
You should brush your teeth as normal, but use a whitening toothpaste to ensure that the veneers keep to their original colour. Choose a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damage, and try not to press too hard. The same goes for flossing—you should floss every day as normal, but take extra care to avoid damaging your veneers.
Veneers made from composite resin are cheaper than porcelain ones, but they are not as durable. Many people prefer them, as they are easier and quicker to fit, and they do not require any of the enamel to be stripped.
They can be more prone to staining, however, so you should take more care with your cleaning. Use a very soft toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste, and floss carefully as normal. You should not use a mouthwash or rinse that contains alcohol, as this can soften the bonded resin over time. There are many non-alcoholic mouthwashes on the market which will do the job.
These veneers, which simply clip on to the teeth, are a very popular solution, as they are far cheaper than permanent veneers; however they are only intended to be temporary, and are thinner and much more prone to discoloration or damage.
As they are not intended to be worn full-time, they do not need to be cleaned in your mouth; instead you can just soak them in warm soapy water (not very hot or boiling, as this can cause them to warp), and rinse them afterwards. The manufacturers may also recommend special cleaning tablets.
With all types, the simplest way to keep them clean is to avoid things which discolour them in the first place—tobacco, coffee and wine, for example. But as long as you take care to maintain your veneers, you should be rewarded by a perfect smile.