Veneers are an amazing way to fix minor dental issues. If you are dealing with badly stained teeth, cracks, chips, uneven teeth, or gapped teeth, these thin shells can mask them and give you a perfect smile.
One question we get asked often is how careful you need to be about your oral hygiene if you have veneers. After all, they are synthetic and don't get stained or decayed, right?
Well, there's more to this story.
Here's what you need to know.
Because they are made of synthetic materials like porcelain or composite resin, veneers per se can't get cavities. However, you need to keep in mind that they are bonded to your natural teeth and those can get decayed.
Before putting the veneers on, Dr. Alexander Cox will remove a small amount of enamel to give your teeth a rougher texture and make the veneers easier to adhere to your teeth. Then, he will bond the veneers to your teeth. Although the veneers will seemingly bind with your teeth, there's still a small gap there that can act as an entry point for bacteria. If you neglect your oral hygiene, bacteria will accumulate at the bonding between the veneers and your natural teeth and find their way under. This can lead to various dental issues like cavities or gum disease.
If you do get cavities, Dr. Alexander Cox will try to clean the decay without removing the veneers. However, that's not always possible and more often than not, he will have to remove the veneers to access the decayed area and clean it.
After your teeth are cavity-free, he will place a new set of veneers.
Taking care of veneers doesn't require any special effort. In fact, it's as easy as maintaining your regular oral hygiene. Here are some simple tips that will ensure both your veneers and natural teeth will stay healthy:
Are you curious about veneers and would like to find out if they are right for you? The team at Scarsdale Smiles can help you find out the answer.