Maintaining Your Veneers: No Cavities for Perfect Smile

October 21, 2022
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As the dentist hands you the mirror, you feel a thrill seeing your new porcelain veneers. Your smile has never looked better, and you can’t wait to show everyone! Then, you hear your dentist talk about maintaining your veneers to avoid cavities. You may be a little confused—are veneers at risk of decay? The quick answer is no, but you still need to be proactive in keeping them in good condition. Keep reading to learn why and how!

Why Oral Hygiene Is Important with Veneers

Once you get the veneers place onto your teeth, you may think that your smile is complete and requires no more maintenance. You’d be wrong! Although the veneers are made of porcelain and cannot succumb to decay, you still have natural tooth structure attached to the veneers. The enamel on the back of the tooth or the nerve center of the tooth may develop a cavity. As a result, the veneer becomes at risk for failure in this situation.

Plus, while the veneer is resistant to stains and other damage, they are not indestructible or immune. Without proper care, they will degrade much faster than expected.

How to Take Proper Care of Your Teeth and Veneers

So what can you do to keep your veneers, as well as your teeth, in excellent shape? You can start by having a strict, daily oral hygiene routine! Brushing two times and flossing one time per day can keep plaque at bay and remove surface stains.

In addition to at-home care, regular visits to your dentist’s office are required because this professional can watch out for any signs of decay or damage to your veneers. If anything is amiss, they can treat it before it affects your appearance. Also, this appointment gives your hygienist the chance to polish your teeth and veneers, helping them look as good as new!

How to Get the Most out of Your Investment in Veneers

Beyond the bare minimum maintenance, there are other things you can do to protect your veneers from decay. For instance, you can make healthier choices in your diet, staying away from sugary and acidic foods and drinks. You can also be sure to drink plenty of water to rinse and rid your mouth of bad bacteria and damaging plaque.

To reduce stains and damage to your veneers, you should try to avoid certain substances that are well known to discolor, such as coffee, tomato sauce, red wine, chocolate, and dark soda. Also, never bite or chew on hard objects like pens, ice, or popcorn kernels.

Cavities are preventable while you have porcelain veneers—you just have to make oral hygiene a regular habit. Only then can your veneers last for many years, giving you a smile you can be proud of in the long term.

About the Practice

At The Dental People, our professionals are not only highly trained and experienced but also compassionate and helpful!  Dr. John Siu and Dr. Caroline Girgius would be happy to discuss your cosmetic needs and talk about veneers with you. If you are interested in learning more about veneers or other treatments, schedule a consultation by contacting our Katy office online or call us at (281) 769-7648.

Maintaining Your Veneers: No Cavities for Perfect Smile

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