I had composite veneers done about two months ago and I love the look of them. The dentist really did a great job with the shape and coloring. I honestly look 15 years younger now. I really wish I had done this sooner. To get to the point, though, the dentist specifically told me that I needed to be really vigilant about brushing and flossing afterward and I gave him my word that I would look after his beautiful work. I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t exactly follow through. I’m not a regular flosser and didn’t even try to floss until about a month after he did the composite veneers. I know, I am terrible. At any rate, it was then that I realized I couldn’t get the floss between most of my teeth and the ones that I could get the floss in, the floss would get stuck and shred on the way out. I have been fussing with them ever since and can’t seem to get it right. I’m too ashamed to call my dentist up and admit that I haven’t been flossing, but I could really use some tips on how I can do a better job. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The good news is that you’re somewhat off the hook here. The bad news is that your dentist made a mistake. While it’s wonderful that he met your expectations for the look of your composite veneers, he missed the mark when it comes to function.
The fact that you can’t get floss between your teeth is a problem. If you can’t get in there to clean, the spaces aren’t going to get cleaned, but that doesn’t mean that bacteria can’t get in there and turn into decay. Moreover, if the sides of your teeth are so rough that they’re shredding floss, that means that there are little ledges in there that can catch and hold even more debris. This is something he is going to have to fix, but at least it’s a fairly simple one. He should be able to go in and smooth them down just a bit, so you can floss easier. It won’t change the look of them, but it’ll make it easier for you to keep the spaces between your teeth clean.
Book an appointment with him at some point in the near future to have him check them out. In the meantime, you may have better luck with another technique. You can use regular floss with a floss threader to get started and then pull the floss straight out, rather than down, when you’re done. Oral B, and perhaps other brands, also make floss “tape.” It’s flat, rather than rounded, and may fit between your teeth a little better. Floss picks or a waterpik are other good options. The important thing is that you’re doing something to get in there and clean until you can get in and have the composite veneers adjusted.
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