Porcelain veneers are one of the beauties of modern dentistry, allowing patients to erase numerous flaws in their smile. These thin shells of dental porcelain are custom-made to your exact specifications for amazing results. Dental porcelain is natural looking, strong, and even relatively stain proof, which is why many patients wonder if they can still get cavities with veneers. Keep reading to learn the answer as well as some useful tips for great oral hygiene.
But First, How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
In order to get porcelain veneers, your dentist must remove a slight portion of your natural tooth enamel. This makes room for your veneers, allowing your dentist to place them over the front surfaces of your teeth. The result is a permanent, attractive smile. With proper care they can last for decades, which is why many celebrities and movie stars choose porcelain veneers to enhance their smiles.
So Can You Get Cavities with Porcelain Veneers?
Even though porcelain veneers cover the entire front surfaces of your teeth, they do very little to prevent cavities. When you consume foods and drinks, plaque and bacteria can still accumulate on the back parts of your teeth as well as the front. While dental porcelain is relatively stain-proof, it doesn’t offer any protection for the back of your teeth, which means you’re at the same level of risk for cavities as those without veneers.
How to Prevent Cavities with Your New Smile
Thankfully, cavities and tooth decay can be completely avoided with a little know-how. The best part is that porcelain veneers don’t require a special routine or set of steps for maintenance. Simply brush your smile twice a day, making sure to reach the backsides of each tooth, and floss once a day to remove lingering debris from in between your teeth. For an extra layer of clean, you can add a nonalcoholic mouthwash to your routine. Brushing alone leaves 75% of your mouth uncleaned, making mouthwash a useful way to reach other parts of your smile.
It’s also more vital than ever to see your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. These biannual appointments prevent and detect oral health issues before they become serious. And, if you have porcelain veneers, they’ll ensure they are still in tip-top shape, maintaining your gorgeous smile.
Porcelain veneers can give you a dazzling smile, but they won’t ensure your health. Use these tips to maintain the best dental hygiene while enjoying your amazing pearly whites.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Mark E. Lawton is a native Texan who loves caring for his Houston patients. He takes pride in offering services like porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options to transform smiles and boost confidence. For any questions, he can be reached through his website or by phone at (281) 447-2186.