You can have the picture-perfect smile you desire with veneers. When applied to the teeth visible when smiling, they can cover several imperfections at once, like chips, stains, and gaps. While they are designed to serve as a long-term solution, they won’t last forever. Their lifespan will depend on how well you are maintaining your veneers, like preventing tooth decay. Although they can’t get cavities, your underlying teeth will still be vulnerable. Don’t worry, here’s how to keep your smile cavity-free, so your veneers last for 10 years or longer.
Can I Still Get Cavities with Veneers?
A veneer covers the front surface of a tooth, creating a protective barrier and enhancing its aesthetics. Although the restoration isn’t vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria, the surfaces of your teeth that aren’t covered by veneers can still decay.
The smile of your dreams doesn’t have to become a victim of tooth decay. You can safeguard your oral health and your investment by caring for your veneers correctly.
How to Care for Veneers
Veneers have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years; however, their life expectancy depends on various factors, like your oral hygiene routine or lifestyle habits. You can ensure your new smile thrives by following a few tips:
- Choose the Right Products: Abrasive dental products can scratch the surfaces of veneers, causing them to look dull or discolored. Food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small crevasses, weakening the restorations over time. It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
- Maintain Your Oral Hygiene: Commit to brushing your teeth at least twice daily and use high-quality dental floss to clean between each tooth and around the gum line.
- Limit Sugar: Limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. If you can’t resist a cookie or sweetened tea, rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished if you can’t get to your toothbrush.
- Break Bad Habits: Don’t use your teeth in place of scissors or chew on inedible objects to avoid chipping or breaking your veneers.
- Visit Your Dentist: Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Besides examining your teeth and gums, they’ll also ensure your veneers aren’t compromised.
- Wear a Mouthguard: Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports or a nightguard if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Watch What You Eat: Avoid eating hard or sticky foods
You can enjoy an attractive, cavity-free smile by maintaining your veneers. With a commitment to your smile, your veneers can last for a decade or more before needing to be replaced. Your dentist will explain everything you need to know to maximize your investment.
About Dr. Ira Newman
Dr. Newman earned his dental degree from the Emory University School of Dentistry and has completed advanced education in many specialties, including prosthodontics and restorative dentistry. He is a well-respected cosmetic dentist featured in various media outlets. If you are ready to improve your smile, contact our office today to request your consultation for cosmetic dentistry.