Do veneers protect teeth from cavities?

By JJ Serfontein Cosmetic Dentistry, Veneers No Comments on Do veneers protect teeth from cavities?

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You’ve bitten the bullet, and now you’re enjoying a gorgeous smile with porcelain veneers! Because of your new and improved smile, you’ve been feeling happier, more confident, and ready to take on the world. Your teeth are stunning, with no chips, cracks, and stains, so do you still need to stress about cavities?

Veneers are wafer-thin covers that cover the front side of your teeth. Porcelain has been used in dentistry for years because it is such an exceptional match for natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain is transparent, and we can match it to the colour of any tooth. It is more durable than enamel and resistant to staining. Ceramists who craft veneers are both artists and engineers. They create delicate paper-thin shells that adhere to the teeth, hiding chips and stains. Porcelain veneers can also align crooked teeth for patients who don’t need extensive orthodontic work.

Your porcelain veneers won’t decay, but the teeth they protect can! If you want to keep looking confident for years, you need to protect them. Thankfully, protecting your natural teeth with veneers isn’t as difficult as you may think. 

In this post, we’ll discuss how veneers work, what they do and how they protect the front of your teeth while hiding cosmetic imperfections. We’ll also discuss the steps you can take to ensure that your natural teeth are protected from erosion and cavities, and maintained for years to come.

What is the procedure for ceramic veneers?

Veneers are super-thin, durable casings that are permanently applied to the front of your teeth to cover small cosmetic imperfections. They can adjust the size, shape, and colour of a tooth, which makes them perfect for masking issues like cracks, chips, discolourations, or small gaps. These tooth-shaped coverings consist of white dental porcelain, which is well-known for imitating the natural shine of teeth and resistant to staining. While it may weaken over time, it will not decay.

Are cavities possible with veneers?

Although the veneer itself won’t get any cavities, the tooth it’s attached to still can. You can get cavities with porcelain veneers if:

  • The veneer doesn’t fit properly. For a veneer to fit seamlessly into your smile, we need to remove a layer of the enamel. If any part of the thinned enamel is exposed because your veneer isn’t on quite right, it can easily erode.
  • You don’t adhere to your oral hygiene routine. Remember, veneers protect the front of your tooth. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, the plaque that builds up can cause cavities on the other sides.
  • Chronic dry mouth. Your saliva is your body’s natural defence against plaque. Without it, bacteria can grow and quickly eat away at your enamel. Several factors cause dry mouth, including medications, illnesses, and lifestyle issues, so be sure to consult a physician.

How veneers stay white, bright and beautiful:

Your natural teeth are slightly porous, which means that the protective layer of enamel is full of tiny holes. These pores are healthy, but they also provide a foothold for surface stains and cavity-causing bacteria. Porcelain veneers are entirely smooth, with no openings for things to latch onto. This is thanks to a coating of special protective resin that fills any tiny openings.

How to protect your smile:

Make sure that you’re preventing cavities and keeping your veneers in tip-top shape with these simple tips:

  • Stick to your daily oral hygiene routine that includes at least two minutes of brushing every day and daily flossing.
  • Stay hydrated to avoid dry mouth and use water to rinse away bacteria that can cause cavities.
  • Visit JJS Dentistry regularly to detect and treat any potential issues before they 
  • Avoid hard, sticky foods that wear and tear the resin on your veneers.
  • Quit smoking to keep the edges of your veneers from discolouring and promote better oral health.

Remember, even though your veneers are safe from decay, the teeth they’re covering to can still get cavities. If you take care of them as well as you do your natural teeth, you can have a bright, cavity-free smile for years to come!

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