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How to Protect Your Veneers (and Prevent Cavities)

August 7, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — yournorthshoredentist @ 8:10 pm
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Whether you’ve had stains on your teeth for years or you recently chipped a tooth, a single or set of veneers can be a fantastic solution that not only keeps your smile looking beautiful, but protects it from further damage. However, much like dental crowns or other dental restorations, at-home oral hygiene is incredibly important to keeping the veneer and the tooth underneath healthy. Learn the best tips on maintaining your veneers in Skokie with help from a dentist today!

Can Teeth with Veneers Get Cavities?

The short answer is yes, mainly because teeth that have veneers are not 100% covered. The same applies to teeth covered with dental crowns. While it is true that ceramic restorations are made from inorganic material and therefore cannot develop cavities, that does not mean the natural tooth underneath can’t still be harmed by decay. For example:

  • Veneers only cover the front, visible portion of the tooth. That means the back side remains fully exposed to bacteria and plaque acids.
  • Only a dedicated at-home oral hygiene can prevent plaque development from worsening. Veneers (as well as other restorations) are designed to prevent the structure of teeth from deteriorating further, but don’t necessarily protect them from future damage by oral bacteria.

While veneers are not capable of preventing cavities, they do serve an important purpose for both esthetics and prevention of future damage (such as chips and worsening fractures). This makes them incredibly important to take care of day-to-day. By keeping a few steps in mind, this can be done relatively easily, even for those with multiple restorations.

How to Protect Veneer-Supported Teeth

  • Pay close attention to your restorations: The moment you notice something is not quite right with your veneer, call the dental office you received it from. This way, you can prevent your damaged teeth from becoming exposed.
  • Use the right oral care products: Fluoridated toothpaste is essential due to its proven ability to reduce the risk of cavity development. Avoid products that do not contain fluoride or are very abrasive (such as whitening toothpastes) as these can be harsh on the glossy surfaces of veneers.
  • Brush and floss daily: Dentists recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and flossing at least once a day.
  • Stay on top of routine checkups: Exams and cleanings once every six months are crucial to catching problems before they take a turn for the worse, including old restorations. If an issue is present, a dentist can catch it early and recommend either a repair or replacement veneer if needed.

While veneers can do a lot of great things for your teeth, they don’t automatically make you cavity-proof, so make sure you take care of them day-to-day. Whether you need a checkup or guidance on protecting your smile, schedule an appointment with a dentist to ensure your smile is protected!

About the Author

Dr. Schwartz offers many restorations made from high-quality ceramics designed to address a wide variety of dental problems and withstand the test of time. This includes natural-looking veneers custom-shaded to blend in with your neighboring teeth exactly. Whether you have stains, chips, or other imperfections you’d like to treat, you can contact North Shore Family Dentistry to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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