The only person more concerned about the health and beauty of your smile than Dr. Terry Bass is you. Dr. Bass can provide you with the smile of your dreams through the use of porcelain veneers, but keeping your smile looking vibrant and beautiful is a team effort that requires a few simple steps from you, as well.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers or already have porcelain veneers, caring for them properly will help prolong the life of your porcelain veneers and keep them in good shape and looking beautiful for years to come. Call our cosmetic dentist in Norman, Oklahoma to discuss how you can get the most from veneers: 405-622-8996.
One of the most important steps you can take not only to protect your porcelain veneers but to keep your natural teeth in the best shape possible is following good dental hygiene. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are made of highly resistant to damage and staining, and can be treated like your natural teeth for all intensive purposes. That does not mean, however, that they are invincible.
Your porcelain veneers are only as strong as the teeth they are adhered to, and protecting your natural teeth is part of insuring the long life of your porcelain veneers. You should perform the following steps twice a day to keep your teeth and porcelain veneers in good shape:
Floss Between Your Teeth – Flossing is one of the most overlooked steps in dental hygiene, but did you know that neglecting flossing can lead to periodontal disease? Gum disease is one of the leading causes for tooth loss, and can usually be prevented through careful flossing and regular checkups.
Brush Your Teeth Thoroughly – Do not mistake brushing your teeth hard for being thorough. The best way to brush your teeth is by using gentle, not hard, pressure, brushing in all directions, and being sure to brush all the exposed surfaces of your teeth. If you find that you are unable to reach your back teeth easily, you may need to switch to a smaller size toothbrush head. Also, make sure to replace your toothbrush ever three months to keep the bristles resilient and effective. If you are uncertain what kind of toothpaste to use, Dr. Terry Bass can make a recommendation based on your individual needs.
Have Regular Dental Checkups – Not only do dental cleanings remove hardened layers of plaque that can cause dental decay and gum disease, but regular dental checkups allow Dr. Terry Bass to look for loose porcelain veneers, and check to make sure there is no early-onset gum disease or other type of complication. Just because your teeth look good does not mean they are necessarily healthy. Allowing Dr. Terry Bass to thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth twice a year can prevent costly decay later on in life.
Please contact Terry Bass, D.D.S. online or call 405-622-8996 today to learn more about porcelain veneers and dental hygiene, and to find out about dental care options in Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, and Lawton, Oklahoma.