I recently had porcelain veneers placed a week and a half ago. I have a couple of questions because they were a huge investment for me and I want to take good care of them. First, is Oral B Pro Expert Toothpaste good for them? Second, I’m having trouble flossing the porcelain veneers. Is there some special tool for them?
Let’s start with the easy one. There is nothing unique or special about the Oral B toothpaste. However, there is nothing harmful in it either. One of the things I do warn against is most whitening toothpastes. This is because they use an abrasive to remove your tooth stains. The big problem with that is that it will scratch your porcelain veneers, which in turn will damage the surface and cause them to pick up stains.
There are exceptions. In fact, there is a toothpaste I specifically recommend to use with porcelain veneers because it is designed to be used with cosmetic dental work called Supersmile Toothpaste. While this is whitening toothpaste, it is not made with abrasives. Instead, it uses a chemical ingredient that causes your tooth stains to attach to a protein pellicle that the chemical breaks down.
The flossing is a more complicated issue. It is important that you should be able to floss your teeth with your porcelain veneers. The fact that you can’t means either the lab did something wrong in designing them or your dentist did by not cleaning off the excess cement. This could lead to you developing gum disease. Your dentist needs to look at this to repair it.
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