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Caring for Veneers Means Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene
Posted on 5/23/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
You've made a big investment when you choose to get veneers, but the finished product was well worth it.
While you might be thrilled with your smile now, it is important to care for your veneers properly if you want them to last a long time. These oral hygiene tips are crucial in caring for your porcelain veneers.
Keep Your Veneers Clean
In some ways, you'll treat your veneers just as you would for your natural teeth. This includes brushing twice daily and using dental floss. Failure to care for your mouth properly can lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease, which may result in gum recession. When this occurs, the borders of your veneers will be exposed, putting them at risk for long-term damage.
Get Treatment for Bruxism
If you grind your teeth, it is important to get treatment from your dentist. Continued clenching and grinding can damage your veneers, and that damage might also extend to the original teeth and even the jaw joint. Nighttime grinding is especially troublesome since you have no control over your actions. Your dentist may prescribe a night guard to help.
Select the Right Toothpaste
Certain toothpaste brands contain ingredients that are too abrasive for the veneers. Make sure you review the ingredients properly. Pastes that contain hydrogen peroxide should be avoided, as this ingredient will eat away at the surface of the veneers. Additionally, baking soda might be the best option, as it can leave your veneer feeling gritty, impacting sheen and color. A gel product may be a better selection.
Visit Our Office
Even with veneers, you still need to come and see us regularly. We can address any problems with your veneers before they arise, plus we can help you avoid tooth and gum infections that might impact your veneers.
If you have veneers, make your oral hygiene a priority. Call us today to set up your appointment.
(219) 440-2950 1314 Eagle Ridge Dr, Schererville IN 46375