Can You Still Get Cavities With Veneers? Yes – Here’s Everything You Need To Know

If you’re getting a set of veneers from Lakeside Dental, you may be wondering what to expect after treatment. How would you care for your teeth, and is it still possible to get cavities if you get veneers in Lenoir City?

The answer is “yes!” Even if you have veneers, you can still get cavities. If you want to keep your new smile healthy, you’ll need to continue taking great care of your mouth. Read on for all the details.

Porcelain Veneers Are Not Affected By Tooth Decay… 

First, it’s important to note that your veneers will not be affected by tooth decay. Porcelain veneers are made from a durable and strong ceramic material. Unlike your natural enamel, this porcelain will not be affected by tooth decay. Your veneers will remain strong and stain-free for years to come, and they won’t develop cavities.

… But Your Natural Teeth Still Can Get Cavities, Even If You Have Veneers

Veneers only cover up the front surfaces of your teeth. They do not completely enclose your tooth. And, even if they did, this wouldn’t completely stop tooth decay from affecting the natural tooth material beneath the veneer.

Without proper oral hygiene, food particles can build up around or even underneath your veneers. Oral bacteria will feed on these food particles, excrete acid, and cause your natural enamel to decay. This can result in a cavity, even in a tooth that has a veneer.

As you may also know, you also will not get veneers on all of your teeth. Veneers are usually only done on the front teeth. Your rear teeth (molars and premolars) will be just as susceptible to cavities as they were before, since they won’t be treated with a veneer.

Tips For Avoiding Cavities After You Get Veneers

So, how can you avoid cavities after you get veneers? The good news is that it’s really simple. Just maintain good oral hygiene! Here are a few steps you can take to keep your new smile healthy and cavity-free.

  • Brush at least twice a day for two minutes – You should use fluoride toothpaste, brush for at least two minutes, and brush twice a day. We recommend brushing once in the morning when you wake up or after breakfast, and once at night after your final meal of the day.
  • Floss once daily and use mouthwash – Flossing helps remove food particles that can’t be eliminated with brushing alone. You should floss once per day. Rinsing with mouthwash after flossing can also help dislodge even more food particles, keeping your teeth healthy.
  • Drink plenty of water – Dehydration and dry mouth can decrease saliva production. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and avoid things like smoking, vaping, and using oral tobacco. Along with other negative effects on your mouth, these contribute to dry mouth.
  • Watch what you eat – Cutting back on sugary treats and starchy snacks will help your teeth stay healthy. Avoid sugary drinks, in particular, since these are one of the most common causes of cavities.
  • See the dentist every six months – Make sure you see Dr. Joseph Blalock and the team at Lakeside Dental for a checkup every six months. Our team can make sure your teeth and your veneers are healthy and in good shape, and catch any potential cavities early.

Transform Your Teeth With Veneers In Lenoir City – Contact Lakeside Dental Today!

Veneers are a great way to cover up flaws in your teeth and get the smile you’ve always dreamed about. And as you can see, veneers don’t really require much special care, either! So don’t wait. If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry in Lenoir City, contact Lakeside Dental online or give us a call at 865-635-4999 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blalock. 

As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Blalock can help you understand all of your options for getting a better grin, and make sure you get the right treatment for your budget, schedule, and personal preferences.