Why can’t I floss my porcelain veneers?

Everything I’ve read about porcelain veneers says that it’s important that you keep up with brushing and flossing. I haven’t been able to floss since getting my veneers. Do you know what is going on?

Micah B. – North Dakota

Micah,

It’s hard to tell you exactly what is going on without examining them. But, I can tell you that you’re supposed to be able to floss smoothly everywhere on your porcelain veneers.

It’s possible the mistake is with the lab, but even then your dentist should have caught the problem.

You didn’t mention if your dentist is new to cosmetic procedures or not, but it sounds to me like he is.

This needs to be fixed or it can ruin your oral health. ┬áThere’s an excellent post on this issue by Dr. David Hall. While its possible you could understand the technical aspects and relay that to your dentist. It’s probably better if you just show him the post itself.. Hopefully he’ll take responsibility and make this right. If not, let me know and I’ll advise further.

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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Take?

I was wanting to get my teeth whitened, but was curious as to how long the procedure takes.

Tom B. – Georgia

Tom,

It really depends on the type of teeth whitening procedure you’re asking about. If your talking about an in-office teeth whitening procedure, such Zoom Whitening, then it can be done in just one appointment.

If you’re talking about at-home teeth whitening it depends on how white you want your teeth. You’ll wear the whitening trays for a minimum of twenty minutes a day, for as many days as you’d like until you reach the level of whitening you want. Most people reach their goal in just a few weeks.

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