Porcelain Veneers and Fillings

Is it OK to get porcelain veneers when you’ve got fillings?

Ruthie B.- San Fransisco, CA

Ruthie,

It is perfectly fine to get porcelain veneers done if you have fillings on  your teeth. The bonding material is completely compatible with the materials used in fillings.

I would say that if you don’t have white fillings, and they are visible, you might want to have any silver/ amalgam fillings replaced with some white/ composite fillings and then  go ahead with your veneers.

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Bad Breath

Can you help me? I’ve got my first date in a week and I can’t get rid of my bad breath. I brush my teeth twice a day, but it is not helping.

Harrison B.- Arkadelphia, AR

Harrison,

That will be an exciting night for you. Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria. If you brush and floss daily and it isn’t working, there are some other steps you can take.

You can get a tongue scraper to help get the bacteria off your tongue. You can also rinse with an anti-bacterial rinse such as BreathRx.

You may be interested in watching our videos on proper brushing and flossing.

Have fun on your date.

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