Veneer Vitality

Keep Your Veneers Merry And Bright This Holiday Season

by Dr. Edmond Suh // October - November - December 2023

As the holiday season unfurls its splendor, our calendars quickly fill with fun, frightening, and festive celebrations. From the spooky anticipation of Halloween to the gratitude-filled Thanksgiving gatherings to the spirit of Christmas, these occasions are often accompanied by the consumption of delicious treats, delectable feasts, and vibrant drinks.

If you have dental veneers – a popular, versatile cosmetic treatment that can transform your teeth’s appearance by altering their shape, size, color, or length – they can pose unique challenges to maintaining your stunning smile. Fear not, my veneer-wearing friends! With a bit of guidance, awareness, and preparation, you can enjoy all the magic the season has to offer while maintaining the strength, longevity, and brilliance of your veneers.

Halloween Havoc: Tricks For Treating Your Veneers

Halloween often means the indulgence of tasty treats. I know it’s tempting to chomp down on caramel apples, chewy candies, and popcorn balls, but remember that these sticky delights can potentially harm veneers.

Make Wise Choices: Choose treats that are easy on your veneers, such as soft chocolates and melt-in-your-mouth goodies. Avoid hard candies that could lead to chipping or cracking.
Cut, Don’t Chew: If you can’t resist your favorite chewy treats, consider cutting them into small pieces instead of biting into them to reduce the risk of exerting excessive force on your veneers.
Stay Hydrated: Keep water on hand during your Halloween festivities. Sipping water can help rinse away sugars and acids that might linger on your veneers.

Embrace The Feast Without Fear

Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, served alongside an array of hearty, savory dishes and delectable desserts to tantalize the taste buds. However, if you’re a veneer wearer, it’s essential to approach this feast with a degree of mindfulness. To maintain their luster while enjoying the holiday’s culinary delights, consider the following:

Gentle Bites: Veneers are durable and designed for normal chewing, but it’s still a good idea to avoid biting into exceptionally hard foods, like turkey bones. Instead, opt for meat that’s been sliced into smaller, manageable bites.
Use Utensils: Use utensils rather than your teeth as tools to help prevent undue stress on your veneers.
Sip Mindfully: While enjoying beverages, avoid excessive staining agents like coffee or red wine. But if you do indulge, promptly rinse with water or brush your teeth afterward.

Decking The Halls and Veneers: Christmas Care

The magic of Christmas comes alive with twinkling trees, heartfelt gifts, jolly and joyful connections with loved ones … and a wealth of delicious edible delights. But don’t fret – it is possible to strike a balance between enjoying your favorite holiday indulgences and maintaining the integrity of your veneers.

Navigating Nuts: Nuts are common ingredients in many holiday dishes, but they can be hard to chew and can pose a risk to veneers. If you’re nutty about nuts, opt for nut butter or finely chopped nuts.
Safely Savoring the Sweetness of the Season: From meticulously iced cookies to gooey chocolate and peppermint brownies to tempting toffees and sticky candies, the holiday season is synonymous with sweet temptations. However, whenever possible, stick with thin or soft cookies and candies that are kinder to your veneers, or healthier dessert alternatives to reduce the amount of sugar consumption that can lead to decay around their margins.
Watch For Stains: Christmas treats like mulled wine, comforting cups of hot coffee or cocoa, and cranberry sauces are teeth and veneer stain-causing culprits. Enjoy these in moderation, and to mitigate the risk of staining, consider sipping beverages through a straw to help direct the liquid away from the front surface of your veneers. Additionally, drink water alongside these treats to aid in rinsing away any staining agents. And remember to rinse or brush afterward.

Year-Round Veneer Care: Essential Practices

While the holidays may present unique challenges for proper veneer care, embracing year-round practices can ensure the longevity and beauty of your dental investment. Throughout the year, it’s important to continue good oral hygiene, whether you have veneers or not. Regularly brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash remains vital, as these actions prevent stains and maintain the health of your gums. Additionally, if you are a teeth-grinder, consider wearing a nightguard, especially during the stressful holiday season’s hustle and bustle. Grinding can harm veneers and natural teeth alike. Always be mindful of the foods you chew – avoid biting into hard objects like ice or non-food items that could potentially damage your veneers. In addition, follow a well-balanced diet, one rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to promote oral health and overall well-being. And don’t forget to schedule routine dental visits to monitor the health of your veneers and promptly address any issues that may have arisen.

Celebrate With Confidence

The holiday season is a time to celebrate and forge lasting memories with loved ones. By taking steps to care for your veneers, you can delight in the festive treats and gatherings with confidence, knowing that your radiant smile remains healthy and intact. Apply these strategies not only during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, but throughout the entire year. Doing so will guarantee that your veneers continue to shine brightly as you embrace the joy of every season.

Dr. Edmond Suh

Owner of Supremia Dentistry, located at 1711 S. Main St. in Wake Forest.