Porcelain veneers are a versatile and effective cosmetic dental treatment for multiple imperfections. From discolored, chipped, and gapped to misaligned teeth, porcelain veneers in Los Angeles, California, can transform your smile in just two appointments.
After many patients perfect their smiles with porcelain veneers, the main question is how to maintain them for optimal durability and function. In this article, Dr. Don MungcalofDowntown Dental gives simple yet crucial steps to keep your veneers looking their best.
Dental veneers are super-thin coverings made from advanced ceramics. They are placed on the anterior surfaces of the front teeth to enhance their size, color, and shape. When expertly placed, porcelain veneers don’t just boost your appearance — they can stay in place for over 15 years, providing durable functionality and aesthetics.
Although veneers are long-lasting, you must take care of them to maintain their longevity and keep them in tip-top condition.
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Here are some tips to maintain your veneers.
Brush and floss diligently: Although porcelain veneers can’t develop cavities or decay, the tooth underneath must be healthy to support your restorations. Brush your teeth twice daily with non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Gently floss your teeth at least once daily, preferably before bedtime
Don’t use your teeth as tools: Whether you have veneers or not, don’t use your teeth to open packages or bite on hard substances like fingernails and candy. These poor oral habits can chip or dislodge your veneers
Quit smoking: If you’ve been trying to quit smoking, now you have a good reason. Smoking increases the chances of gum disease, which can cause veneer failure. If you have trouble quitting smoking, talk to your doctor about tips to help you kick out the bad habit
Wear a customized mouth guard: Do you constantly grind your teeth at night? Are you active in contact sports? Please consider a bespoke mouthguard to protect your veneers and entire smile from damage
Don’t forget bi-annual dental check-ups: Regular dental exams allow us to check the condition of your veneers for signs of damage or wear. During exams, we also professionally clean your mouth to remove built-in plaque and tartar, including around the edges of the veneers
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Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal is a proactive and
exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by
attending to their dental care needs.
With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to
be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition
to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He
updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He
also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.
Dr. Tara Mavadat was always passionate about
dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last
long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of
Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary
goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan is enthusiastic about dentistry
and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly
skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned
his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to
prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that
your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!