Snap-on veneers can give you the straighter, whiter smile you’ve always dreamed of at a price you can afford. However, you may be wondering if you can eat with your clip-on veneers? While technically, you can eat with our custom clip-on veneers, we generally advise removing them for eating and drinking, both for your comfort and to prevent damage.
There are particular foods and drinks that you should avoid if you don’t want to cause damage to your veneers and to ensure they stay looking good for longer.
Also, because your veneers are not affixed permanently, they can become dislodged by certain foods (which is also a problem for denture wearers). In reality, it’s best to refrain from eating anything that requires a lot of chewing and crunchy and sticky foods while wearing your snap-on veneers.
Let’s take a look at some of the culprits you should remove from the menu.
Foods to avoid
Any foods that require pressure to chew can dislodge or damage your snap-on veneers. This group of foods includes nuts and fresh fruit and vegetables, such as apples, carrot sticks, and corn on the cob.
Anything sticky can move your snap-on veneers out of place. Not only will this ruin the effect of your smile, but it will allow food to get underneath the veneers, which may cause you discomfort or pain. Examples include taffy, peanut butter, gummy candies, and sticky ribs. Even soft bread is a problem because it becomes sticky as you chew it, which isn’t very attractive if it gets stuck to your veneers.
Seeds often get stuck in natural teeth, and they present the same problem for snap-on veneers. Seeds on bread, popcorn kernels, and ground-up nuts can all become lodged underneath your veneers, displacing them and causing soreness and irritation.
The more chewing you have to do, the greater the possibility that your veneers will move out of place. Meat, such as pork chops and steak, should be avoided, as well as crispy pizzas and crusty bread.
Highly pigmented foods
Some foods and drinks may seem innocuous enough. But, those that are highly pigmented can affect the look of your clip-on veneers, causing staining that will discolor them and soon make them look unattractive.
Chromogens are chemical compounds contained in some foods and drinks that give them an intense color. The general rule is that if something can stain your clothes, it can also stain your natural teeth and your snap-on veneers.
Curries, tomato-based sauces, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar are among the most familiar foods and condiments that are highly colored. However, some drinks can be just as bad, including tea, coffee, red wine, cola, and fruit juices.
That’s all the foods you can’t or shouldn’t eat when you’re wearing your clip-on veneers, so now you’re probably wondering what else is left for you to eat when you’re in a situation where you don’t want to remove your veneers?
Foods you can eat with clip-on veneers
The goods news is that there are plenty of foods you can eat that won’t damage or discolor your clip-on veneers. So, if you are going out for a meal, choose veneer-friendly food and drinks that won’t harm or blemish them. These include:
Slow-cooked and ground meats
The longer meat is cooked, the more tender it becomes. Slow cooking also intensifies the flavors. Pot roasts, stews, pulled pork, and beef brisket are great alternatives to other chewier meat dishes.
Ground meats are another way of getting your meat fix without having to worry about chewing. They work well with pasta and mashed potato in recipes, such as spaghetti bolognese or meatloaf.
High-protein dips, such as hummus or guacamole, are tasty snacks. If you are avoiding bread or crunchy vegetables, you could try fries for dipping instead.
Although raw vegetables are too crunchy for your snap-on veneers, cooked vegetables are a lot softer and require little chewing. They are a good option for both your dental veneers and your general health.
Sliced, ripe fruits, including bananas, mangos, oranges, and peaches, are a good option if you are a fruit lover. But avoid fruits with tiny seeds, including raspberries and strawberries. You can add fruits to ice cream or frozen yogurt for a delicious dessert.
As the chocolate melts in the mouth, it won’t cause any problems for your clip-on veneers. You can always rinse your mouth with water once you’ve finished eating it to ensure you’ve removed all the traces from your snap-on veneers.
While chocolate is considered a ‘naughty treat, for many people, did you know that its antioxidant properties may also have a range of health benefits? (1)
As a top tip, it’s generally a good idea to drink water or rinse your mouth after you’ve eaten. Rinsing will eliminate food deposits that bacteria-laden plaque, responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, will feed off.
Why choose Alpha Veneers?
Alpha veneers are tailor-made to fit precisely over your teeth, and as they are made just for you, they are comfortable to wear. We use only the highest quality materials that are long-lasting and give you a whiter, straighter smile instantly. We even offer you a choice of shades so you can choose the one that suits you.
The beauty of snap-on veneers is that you can easily remove them at any time – so you can still maintain your teeth and flossing routine to keep your dental health in check. You can transform the look of chipped, discolored, and misshapen teeth without undergoing the hassle of expensive and time-consuming dental treatments.
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