If you are interested in getting veneers as a teen, then you may want to consider no-prep veneers. No-prep veneers take a shorter amount of time to install and involve far less tooth sensitivity than standard veneers do because your dentist does not shave down the surface of your tooth to adhere the veneer. In order for a no-prep veneer to last as long as a traditional veneer, they need to be protected against infection. Luckily, there are a few dental tools that you can use to ensure your no-prep veneers remain infection free.
Use a Water Flosser Specifically for the Veneer
Water flossers are typically used to clean around the gum line and in between teeth. When you have no-prep veneers, food and other bacteria will stick around the edges of the veneer. Any kind of food or bacteria buildup will quickly loosen the veneer and cause it to fall off. In order to prevent this, you should use the water flosser to specifically clean around the edges of the veneers. Simply hold the flosser against the edge for several minutes until you feel as though all of the bacteria has been removed. You can follow with a soft-bristled toothbrush to ensure that there is no food that still remains. Use the flosser along your veneers following your meals in order to get the best result.
Use a Tiny Toothbrush for the Edges of the Veneer
A traditional soft-bristled brush should be used to clean the entire surface of all of your veneers. However, you will need a smaller brush to clean along the edges of the veneers. These kinds of toothbrushes often look like children's toothbrushes because they are so small. This is a huge reason as to why they work well for cleaning the veneer. Smaller toothbrushes can access smaller areas of the surfaces and edges that are much more difficult for traditional toothbrushes to do. In order to use a smaller toothbrush, simply brush around the veneers using your favorite toothpaste. Do this for a few minutes and rinse away the debris with warm water. Repeat this process after each meal. You can pick up a smaller toothbrush in your local store.
Wearing no-prep veneers as a teenager can be the easiest way to indulge in cosmetic restorations. Use these tips to ensure your veneers remain healthy and infection free. For more information, contact a cosmetic dentist at a dental office like Dr. Jerry F. Maymi & Associates.