Brushing and Flossing with Your Porcelain Veneers
If you want your porcelain veneers to keep you smiling for twenty years, it’s important to take care of them well! This means taking care of your natural teeth. While veneers are not susceptible to decay, your real teeth are still underneath them. In other words, cavities are still a concern. Veneers can also become stained, just like your real teeth, so you should perform dental hygiene practices to ensure they stay as beautiful as the day you first get them!
First things first: Brushing and flossing are still a top priority! To keep your teeth under the veneers safe from decay, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, and floss daily. If you’re brushing effectively, it should take about three minutes to get your whole mouth gleaming. It’s important that you listen to recommendations about what kind of toothpaste you use for your veneers. Most kinds of toothpaste are fine, but some–especially those advertised as whitening toothpaste–are very abrasive and can damage your veneers.
If you’re not confident in your brushing abilities or have trouble with the fine motor function of tooth brushing, an electric toothbrush is a great addition to any dental hygiene routine. Electric toothbrushes can help you brush thoroughly and consistently.