There is no reason your porcelain veneers should interfere with your dental hygiene routine.
ARDMORE, PA, July 29, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There is no reason your porcelain veneers should interfere with your dental hygiene routine. However, the way in which you care for your veneers will impact both their appearance and longevity, making proper dental hygiene just as important after you have had veneers placed.
Caring for Your Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells placed over the front of your teeth to correct cosmetic imperfections such as chips, cracks, spaces, discoloration, and irregularly shaped teeth. Once placed over your teeth, veneers look and feel like real tooth enamel, allowing them to improve your smile while remaining entirely natural-looking.
Like your natural teeth, veneers are best cared for through a proper dental hygiene routine. To take care of your veneers:
- Brush your teeth after every meal with a soft bristled toothbrush and a mildly abrasive toothpaste containing fluoride.
- Floss at least once a day, preferably after each meal or snack.
- Reduce impact by avoiding chewing substances like ice or hard candies.
- Visit your dentist at least once every six months for a thorough cleaning and a professional examination.
These simple steps can help ensure your veneers maintain their appearance and function for years to come.
Dangers of Improper Veneer Care
When you neglect your porcelain veneers, serious problems can occur. Failure to remove plaque and food particles from on top of and in between your veneers can ultimately lead to buildup underneath them. This can cause tooth decay and other oral health issues that are harder to detect due to their location.
Aesthetically, veneers cannot be whitened. If your veneers become dingy due to inadequate cleaning, the only way to brighten your smile is with replacement veneers. Fortunately, treating your veneers like your natural teeth with a good dental hygiene routine can help you avoid these problems and maintain your beautiful smile for years to come.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, please visit the website of Ardmore, Pennsylvania cosmetic dentist Lindsey Marshall, DMD at www.lindseymarshall.com.
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