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  • By The Center of Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
  • July 01, 2022
  • Since their introduction to the market, porcelain dental veneers have grown popular. They are helpful if you have broken, discolored, or worn-out teeth. In addition to preserving your teeth’s structure, they also offer a more natural appearance. 


    Even though porcelain dental veneers have a long life expectancy, you still must take special care of them. There are a few ways you can take care of your veneers to ensure they last longer.


    Common Misconceptions


    Many people are often surprised when they learn that they can safely floss their veneers. Fixed restorations have many misconceptions, such as those about dental crowns or porcelain veneers. One says you can pull out the dental work off your teeth if you floss around them. This cannot be farther from the truth.


    While the porcelain comprising your veneer will not decay, the neighboring teeth are vulnerable to bacterial plaque. It is especially true since dental veneers cover about half of the tooth. The other surfaces require thorough brushing and flossing. Do this to prevent infections such as gum disease and cavities. 


    Issues With Flossing Your Porcelain Dental Veneers


    It is an issue if you cannot floss between your dental veneers. In optimal conditions, you should be able to floss between your porcelain veneers. The floss should easily go up to your gums without getting caught on even spots or snagging. If you are having trouble flossing your veneers, your gums may eventually become puffy, red, or inflamed.


    What Might Cause Difficulty When Flossing Veneers?


    If you cannot floss your porcelain dental veneers, there could be a few explanations. It could be that your veneers came this way from the laboratory. It could also result from your dentist not removing the excess cement. Make an appointment with your dentist to rectify or address these circumstances. Either way, the situation needs effective management as soon as possible.


    Safely Flossing Your Porcelain Dental Veneers


    To floss your dental veneer safely, you need to be gentle. Carefully slide a strand of floss between your teeth, wrapping it securely against another tooth. The strand of floss should adopt a C-shape around the side of the porcelain dental veneer to achieve optimal results. Next, carefully rub up and down the side of your veneer and tooth.


    Allow the floss to moderately slip under your gums’ edges as you do this. Repeat this process severally for the best results. Next, lift the strand of floss over your gums, curve it around the next tooth, and continue flossing. Experts advise not forcing the up and down flossing. Should the floss catch something, inform your dentist immediately.


    In Conclusion


    Flossing your veneers should be as easy as flossing your natural teeth. It is important to get fixed restoration procedures from a qualified dentist. It helps prevent substandard or unprofessional veneer installation. It can lead to difficulty in flossing and result in dental problems.


    For more on flossing your porcelain dental veneers, visit The Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry at our offices in Destin, Panama City Beach, or Navarre, Florida. You can call 850-810-0300, 850-810-0600, or 850-409-6400 today to schedule an appointment.

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