Porcelain veneers are a great way to restore your smile and boost your self-confidence. They’re often used to cover up stains, reshape teeth, fill small gaps between teeth, and more. But once you get your veneers, do you still have to worry about cavities? Find out now in this blog from Smileform Dentistry as we discuss veneers, tooth decay, and the steps you should take to keep your smile bright.
Veneers Are Completely Immune To Cavities…
So, can veneers get cavities? The short answer is “no,” but it’s kind of a trick question. Veneers are designed using very durable porcelain ceramic materials. And unlike natural enamel, veneers are made of artificial material.
This means that the oral bacteria and acid that cause cavities cannot damage the porcelain veneer itself. This is also why veneers will not become stained. They are inorganic, smooth, and pore-free, and veneers are highly durable.
… But The Natural Teeth Underneath Can Still Get Cavities
So, veneers can’t get cavities. Does that mean you can stop brushing, or that you’ll never get a cavity again in a tooth that has a veneer? Of course not. While the veneer itself will never decay, each veneer still must be attached to your natural tooth enamel.
If you stop taking good care of your teeth, it’s entirely possible for the underlying enamel to become decayed, causing a cavity. Because of this, it’s important to continue brushing and flossing normally after you get veneers.
Caring For Your Veneers And Avoiding Cavities – Our Top 5 Tips
Wondering how you should be caring for your new veneers and your teeth after treatment? Here are five steps you can follow to keep your smile healthy and bright after you get veneers from Smileform Dentistry.
- Brush at least twice a day – Brushing twice a day for two minutes removes food particles, bacteria, acid, and other debris that can contribute to tooth decay, even when you have veneers. We recommend brushing once in the morning, and then again at night after your final meal of the day.
- Use fluoride toothpaste – Fluoride helps remineralize (strengthen) your natural enamel. For the best results when fighting cavities, use fluoride toothpaste that’s accepted by the ADA.
- Floss once per day – Flossing helps remove food particles and other debris that brushing alone can’t reach. Removing these particles from between your veneers and teeth will help prevent tooth decay.
- Eat a healthy diet – You should be eating a “tooth healthy” diet. This means you should cut back on sugary snacks and drinks, as well as highly-processed foods. Eating more healthy dairy, lean meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains will help you avoid cavities.
- See Dr. Inna for six-month checkups – At your six-month visit, Dr. Inna Solovey and our team will examine your natural teeth and your veneers to make sure your mouth is healthy and cavity-free. And with a teeth cleaning, we can eliminate plaque and tartar buildup. Routine preventive care helps keep your teeth shiny, bright, and healthy!
Interested In Veneers In Newtown Square? Come To Smileform Dentistry!
Veneers are a fantastic way to completely transform your teeth. If you’re interested in getting veneers in Newtown Square, don’t wait. Contact Smileform Dentistry online or give us a call at (267) 692-2922 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Inna. As an expert cosmetic dentist in West Chester, Dr. Inna can help you understand all of your options for getting the smile you deserve.