One of the most common forms of cosmetic dentistry is the application of porcelain veneers. They are used to change the color or shape of an existing tooth. The difference they can make in a person’s smile is impressive. Not surprisingly, our smart and curious patients will sometimes ask, “Do I have to worry about getting cavities behind or around my veneers?” We’re happy to reply that, in short, the answer is “no.”
Are You a Good Candidate for Veneers?
One of the reasons you don’t need to be concerned about a higher risk of cavities with veneers is that your dentist will not have cleared you for this cosmetic dentistry procedure if your risk of decay is high. Anyone who has been given the green light by their dentist can be confident that the combination of the environment in their mouth, their oral health history, and their oral care habits makes them a good candidate for the procedure.
Another reason not to worry about your veneers is that they are at the front of your mouth and very visible. This means it’s easy to keep them clean. It also means that if a problem were to develop, you would quickly notice it. What’s more, in the unlikely event of an issue, your dentist can easily take steps to address it.
Caring for Veneers
Veneers are very strong. However, that doesn’t mean they are impervious to damage. You need to treat them like you would any tooth, both in terms of what you bite into and how you keep them clean. While natural teeth can be repaired with bonding material, a cracked porcelain veneer will have to be replaced. We recommend brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and using a fluoride mouthwash regularly.
After your veneers have been applied, it’s best to sleep with a night guard. This is especially true if there is any chance that you clench or grind your teeth. Veneers can be damaged by this force just like a natural tooth can.
Well cared for, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 25 years. Sometimes issues such as a change in natural tooth color or gum recession that reveals the edge of a veneer will require a replacement.
Keeping Your Teeth and Veneers in Tip-Top Shape
At Elevate, our expertise in cosmetic dentistry includes both applying veneers and helping you care for them. If you have a question about cosmetic dentistry or any of our other specialties, or if you want to make an appointment with Dr. Steinbach or Dr. Van Gorden, please call 970-279-5647 or connect with us online at elevatewillits.com.
We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.