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Can Veneers Get Cavities?

August 2, 2023

After careful research and consideration, you decided that veneers are the best way to address the dental cosmetic imperfection that's been bothering you for a while. These thin shells can be bonded to your natural teeth to cover flaws like severe stains, chips, cracks, and even gaps between teeth. 

Of course, you are proud of your new smile and want to maintain it for as long as possible. You want to learn how to protect your veneers against damage and cavities.

But, wait, can veneers actually get cavities? After all, they are made from porcelain ceramics.

Here's what you need to know.

The Veneers Treatment Process 

To understand if veneers are prone to getting cavities, it's important to be aware of what the entire process entails. 

To prepare your mouth for veneers in Southington, Dr. Neil Salesky will remove a small amount of enamel from the front surface of the teeth that will receive the treatment. This is done to ensure that the veneers will fit properly and look natural. After preparing the teeth, he will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your custom veneers. Then, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth using a strong dental adhesive.

Can They Get Cavities?

While veneers themselves cannot develop cavities, the underlying natural teeth can still be prone to decay, and here's why:

The edges of the veneers, where they meet the tooth, are exposed. If not cleaned properly every day, they can develop plaque and bacteria buildup, which can lead to cavities.

But, here's the scary thing. Veneers can still get cavities even if you have good oral hygiene. This can happen if the veneer does not fit perfectly and there are small gaps where bacteria can accumulate, increasing the risk of decay.

That's why it's so important to look for a Southington dentist who has extensive experience and uses quality materials when fitting your veneers.

How to Prevent Cavities with Veneers

Taking care of your veneers and ensuring they will last for a long time without developing cavities isn't difficult at all. You just need to:

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth and veneers.
  • Go to Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings: Visit Dogwood Family Dental regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. During these appointments, Dr. Neil Salesky will examine your veneers and natural teeth for signs of decay and ensure your veneers are still properly bonded.
  • Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods: Sugary and acidic foods can contribute to tooth decay. Limit your consumption of these foods and drinks, and rinse your mouth with water after consuming them to help prevent plaque buildup.

Get Veneers in Southington, CT!

If you want to correct some minor imperfections and get a stunning new smile, Southington Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, including veneers. 

Get in touch with us and let us give you a smile you will be proud to show. 

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