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How We Prepare Teeth Before Applying Veneers
Veneers are a popular dental solution to both damaged teeth and cosmetic issues. However, care must be taken to ensure that the veneer does not become loose or stick out due to a mismatched color. Preparing the patient's teeth for veneers is a joint effort between the patient and the dentist.

How the Patient Must Prepare
Patients who want veneers should ensure that the color of the veneer matches the color of the remaining natural teeth. Patients who want a bright smile should consider getting whitening treatment prior to having veneers installed. Patients with poor oral health may not be able to get veneers, so proper dental hygiene is a must.

How the Dentist Must Prepare
The dentist will evaluate the patient's oral health to verify that the patient is a candidate for veneers. Often, the dentist will need to remove a small amount of the tooth so the veneer can fit properly. The dentist will take molds of the patient's mouth to create custom-fit veneers. Before the permanent veneers are placed, the dentist will equip the patient with temporary veneers for a trial run - typically lasting one week.

Planning for Side Effects
One common post-installation issue is bonding sensitivity - a side effect that renders the patient sensitive to cold foods. The discomfort and pain associated with bonding sensitivity can be treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. The patient's gums will be red and sore for a few days after the permanent veneers are placed, so the patient will need to be gentle with the gums until they heal.

Do You Brush Dental Bonding Differently?
One potential issue with dental bonding is that it is more vulnerable to chipping and staining than other tooth restoration methods. However, when it comes to brushing, few changes need to be made; the recommendations for brushing a dental-bonded tooth are the same as brushing natural teeth.

Optimal Brushing Habits
Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day: once in the morning, and once before bedtime. Selecting a toothpaste with fluoride will help keep the bonded tooth strong. Replacing toothbrushes every three months will ensure optimal cleaning. Using soft-bristled toothbrushes will prevent unnecessary damage to both enamel and bonding materials.

Effects of Neglecting Regular Dental Care
Routine oral care is the most effective way to guarantee great oral health. The converse is true; neglecting oral health routines such as brushing twice a day will allow harmful bacteria to fortify themselves, spread, and cause widespread damage to the patient's mouth.

Poor Oral Care Affects the Entire Body
Neglecting dental care can cause problems in the mouth including gum disease, loose or missing teeth, bad breath, and infections. Studies show that there are links between poor oral health and Alzheimer's disease. Harmful bacteria that travel from the mouth to the heart can increase the chances of getting strokes or heart disease. Bacteria that end up in the lungs can trigger bronchitis or pneumonia. Poor oral health care for women can prevent pregnancies or lead to premature birth.


Kristopher Kostenko DDS - Estacada Dental | | 503-630-4211
103 SW Highway 224, Suite A, Estacada, OR 97023



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