Veneers are one of the most popular types of cosmetic dental procedures. They can address anything from severe staining to gaps between teeth, size and shape irregularities, and even minor chips and cracks.
However, veneers will still require patients to commit to good oral hygiene to prevent issues like cavities.
But wait—can veneers actually get cavities?
The short answer is no. But your natural teeth can.
Keep reading to understand the difference:
Can You Still Get Cavities with Veneers?
Yes, you can still get cavities after you get veneers. They are thin layers of porcelain that get bonded to the front surface of the natural tooth.
This allows veneers to effectively cover any cosmetic imperfection as soon as they are placed. You can think of them as masks or new faces for your teeth.
Crucially, your natural teeth are still exposed to harmful bacteria in the mouth and food particles that can linger. Veneers are different from dental crowns and don’t cover the entire tooth.
When bacteria start eating food left in the mouth after meals, they release acid that slowly breaks down tooth enamel, which creates cavities.
Tips for Taking Care of Veneers
Veneers don’t require any special maintenance. You mostly have to have a good oral hygiene routine that consists of:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (but preferably after every meal)
- Flossing daily
- Using toothpaste with fluoride
- Not smoking or chewing tobacco products
- Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables will promote saliva production
- Reducing snacking frequency, especially with sugary treats
- wearing a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth, etc.
This way, you can keep your natural teeth healthy and your veneers in top condition. With the right care, your new smile can last for 15 years or more.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Getting cavities with veneers on could mean your Bellflower dentist needs to remove the veneers to treat your tooth. At-home oral hygiene is an important step in preventing this, but so are routine visits to the dentist.
Regular dental appointments, done every six months or so, help keep your oral health in check. Your dentist may spot worrying signs of cavities or other dental issues before they get worse and address them on the spot.
Moreover, an important part of preventative care involves having your teeth professionally cleaned. This allows you to remove food and bacteria from areas of your mouth you can’t reach with your toothbrush or floss, such as the back of your mouth or between your teeth.
Getting Veneers at Cedar Smiles Dentistry
If you want to get a picture-perfect smile with veneers, come see Dr. Mina Girgis for an appointment to find out if you’re a good candidate for them.
To get started, request a visit to Cedar Smiles Dentistry online, or call us at (562) 925-8338, to learn more about veneers.