September 14, 2019
Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile if it’s a trait that you’re embarrassed to show off. They’re custom-crafted shells that are specially made to conceal a variety of cosmetic flaws by fitting perfectly over the visible portion of your natural teeth. Although they look like small, strong shields, they can’t prevent oral health problems from developing in your natural teeth. Read on to learn how you can take care of your smile to prevent a porcelain veneer cavity from forming.
Can Veneers Protect My Teeth?
Although porcelain veneers seem like a magical dental solution that can practically fix it all, they can’t protect your teeth and gums from harmful substances like plaque and bacteria without a little help. Veneers themselves are made of non-porous, strong dental porcelain that cannot experience decay or disease, but your natural tooth that’s underneath them still can. That’s why it’s important to follow your cosmetic dentist’s aftercare instructions and to keep up with your oral hygiene.
What Causes Porcelain Veneer Cavities?
Although your teeth are covered, it doesn’t mean they’re completely protected from harmful oral bacteria, food debris, and plaque. There are several factors that could cause cavities to develop underneath your veneers:
- Veneers that aren’t permanently placed correctly may not fit over the entire portion of your natural tooth, leaving small crevices to collect harmful substances and become vulnerable to decay.
- Poor oral hygiene means harmful oral bacteria and plaque isn’t regularly removed from your mouth and can cause oral health problems to develop.
- Taking medications that cause dry mouth and patients with autoimmune disorders may have a harder time fighting off conditions like gum disease.
- Patients who may not have been good candidates for the procedure in the first place, like ones who have gum disease or damaged teeth, may experience complications down the road.
The best way to avoid oral health problems from occurring is to choose an experienced cosmetic dentist and visit them for an initial consultation before your treatment begins. Choosing a professional that has done the procedure before will allow for better results.
How Can I Avoid Oral Health Problems Developing Underneath My Veneers?
Caring for your porcelain veneers and warding off oral health problems isn’t as hard as it may seem because they don’t require any special care. You’ll just want to follow your cosmetic dentist’s aftercare instructions and be sure to:
- Brush at least twice each day for two minutes, using fluoride toothpaste.
- Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day.
- Visit your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings.
With the proper maintenance, your veneers can last you decades. By following these preventive precautions, you can avoid having a beautiful smile that’s ruined by a slew of hidden oral health problems. Get the most out of your new investment by keeping your smile looking and feeling fresh!
About the Author
Dr. Brandon Kearbey has always been interested in cosmetic dentistry. He loves improving his patients’ smiles and boosting their confidence by concealing and repairing damaged teeth that distract from their beautiful smiles. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has taken multiple advanced educational courses to sharpen his skills and provide his patients with the highest quality of care. For questions or to schedule a consultation for porcelain veneers, visit The Dentists at Orenco Station’s website or call 503-640-4262.
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