If you think that getting veneers will help you get the smile you’ve always wanted and give you a pass on your hygiene, we have some bad news for you.
While veneers are a great way to improve your teeth’s appearance, you will still need to brush your teeth at least 2 times a day and floss to ensure you get to enjoy your smile for decades to come.
Here’s why you need to brush your veneers:
Veneers Don’t Cover Your Entire Tooth
Many people confuse veneers with dental crowns, but they are completely different types of dental prosthetics.
While the dental crown will go on top of the entire natural tooth (after it’s been reduced in size by your dentist), veneers are designed to bond to the front surface of your teeth. This means your natural teeth are still very much exposed to all the bacteria and food debris present in your mouth.
Veneers are made of porcelain (and sometimes composite), so the veneers themselves will not be at risk for cavities. However, since your natural teeth are exposed, you can still get cavities or suffer from a tooth infection if you’re not careful.
Not just that, but veneers also don’t protect you from gum disease. Food debris and bacteria that accumulate between your teeth can eventually lead to plaque and tartar building. Over time, this can cause gum disease, a condition that affects your gums and can even make them pull back and expose your tooth’s root.
What Happens to Your Veneers If Your Natural Teeth Get Damaged?
If you get a cavity or gum disease and have veneers, it’s important to see a dentist right away. Sometimes, the issue can be addressed without needing to remove the veneers, but it does depend on the extent of the damage, as well as its location.
If the veneers need to be removed to treat the natural tooth, then you will need to get new ones. Veneers cannot be reused once removed from the teeth.
How to Maintain Proper Oral Health with Veneers on
With the right oral hygiene habits, you can protect both your veneers and natural teeth for a long time. Here are some tips that can help:
- Brush and floss daily
- Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash
- Use a soft-bristled brush
- Stop smoking
- Drink plenty of water to cleanse the mouth
- Avoiding biting on hard foods and objects
- Don’t open packages or cans with your teeth
- See the dentist regularly
Interested in Veneers? Pearl Dental Studio Can Help!
Dr. Lindsay Cash is here to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether that’s possible through veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures, you can rest assured that at our practice, you’ll get the treatment path that works best for you.
Ready to get started? Then book an appointment at Pearl Dental Studio now!