About a week ago, I had 8 porcelain veneers placed. I’ve been a life-long flosser and when I went to floss for the first time after getting the veneers, I couldn’t get it in between my teeth. It seems like my porcelain veneers are placed too close together. For now, I’m using a water pik to clean my gums, but isn’t it bad if I can’t floss between my teeth? — Janene
It’s definitely a problem if you can’t floss between your porcelain veneers. A water pik is good, but there’s really nothing better than using plain old floss. And you should be able to floss between your veneers all the way up into the gums without the floss snagging or getting caught on any rough spots. If you’re not able to floss, your gums will eventually become red, puffy or inflamed.
It’s possible that the porcelain veneers were made this way in the lab or that your dentist didn’t remove the excess cement. Make an appointment and to have your dentist take a look and address both of these scenarios. Either way, it’s a situation that needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.
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