BOSTON, MA, November 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Porcelain veneers are a wonderful way to address a number of common cosmetic dental issues. Placed over the front of your teeth, veneers can address issues such as chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. They can also improve the appearance of teeth that are crooked, irregularly sized, or otherwise aesthetically displeasing.
Porcelain is strong and stain resistant. It is also impervious to decay. Your natural teeth that porcelain veneers are placed over, however, are not. In fact, unless you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, bacteria can become trapped underneath your veneers and do serious damage that may, due to the tooth's coverage from a veneer, go unnoticed until serious problems have occurred.
Dental Hygiene with Porcelain Veneers
Fortunately, maintaining good dental hygiene with veneers is no more complicated than maintaining it without them. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy starts at home with a solid and consistent daily routine.
Your daily dental hygiene routine should include:
- Brushing after every meal with a fluoride toothpaste and soft bristle tooth brush
- Flossing morning and night
You may also wish to gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing and flossing. Be careful not to convince yourself that gargling alone is sufficient, though.
In addition to your daily routine, you need to visit your dentist every six months for professional cleanings and thorough examinations. This is particularly important when you have porcelain veneers as diagnostic tools such as x-rays will be essential in detecting decay or erosion that may be hidden by the veneer. Seeing the same dentist for both general and cosmetic treatments can provide greater convenience and help ensure customized service.