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I’ve Just Received Veneers: Can I Still Get Cavities?

October 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mysaginaw @ 4:14 pm
a closeup of a patient receiving veneers

A bright and radiant smile can be an absolute game changer, and in order to achieve this, many patients turn toward veneers. This innovative cosmetic solution has the potential to transform the appearance of your teeth and give you the confidence to show them off every chance you get. However, some might wonder if the presence of veneers grants protection from cavities—but this is not the case at all! Continue reading below to learn more about why cavities are still a genuine possibility even after receiving veneers, along with some useful tips for preventing them and protecting your dazzling new grin.

Can I Get Cavities with Veneers?

To put it simply, veneers themselves cannot get cavities because they’re made of durable dental porcelain. This porcelain is shaped into special, customized sheets that are then bonded to the outer surfaces of the compromised teeth. They completely mask the flaws in question and give your teeth a beautifully revamped appearance—however, the natural tooth structure beneath the veneer is still susceptible to decay if oral hygiene is neglected. And what’s worse is that if a cavity forms underneath a veneer, the decay must be removed before matters become worse, and the veneer will also need to be replaced.

How Can I Protect My Smile from Cavities?

Although cavities are still a very real possibility after you’ve received your veneers, you don’t have to live in fear; there are many measures you can take to protect your pearly whites. Consider the following oral hygiene tips:

  • Regular dental care is key – Perhaps the most important reason your dentist wants you to visit them twice a year, whether you have veneers or not, is so that they can regularly inspect your mouth for signs of an issue. If a small cavity is forming around a veneer, sometimes it can be caught early enough to be filled before the veneer becomes compromised.
  • Take care of things at home – You should be certain to brush and floss on a daily basis; just because veneers enhance your teeth doesn’t mean you can neglect your hygiene regimen. Also be sure to use the correct products; using a soft-bristled toothbrush coupled with a non-abrasive toothpaste is advised. Topical fluoride can also be used to effectively prevent decay.
  • Avoid bad oral habits – Veneers are durable, but they aren’t invincible. Though they have the potential to last for several years, there are other bad oral habits (aside from poor oral hygiene) that can take a toll on their durability. Smoking, eating and drinking excessive amounts of sugar, and excessive alcohol consumption can all potentially weaken and compromise veneers.

While veneers can offer a remarkable enhancement to your smile, it’s crucial to remember that they don’t provide immunity against cavities. Regular oral hygiene and a mindful approach to your lifestyle choices are key to ensuring the longevity and beauty of your veneers while maintaining a cavity-free smile!

About the Practice

The talented team at Saginaw Dental has served patients and families in the Saginaw, TX community for several years under the leadership of Dr. Rupeshwar Renkuntla, who’s a proud member of both the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. If you have any questions about the blog or any of the services the practice offers, such as veneers, don’t hesitate to visit their website or give them a call for additional information or assistance. Telephone: (817) 989-2832.

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