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You Asked, We Answered: Can You Get Cavities with Veneers?

April 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mdentistryindy @ 2:20 pm
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Veneers come with numerous benefits; that’s largely why they remain so popular decade after decade! In addition to being incredibly versatile, they are long-lasting, they deliver lifelike results, and the entire process can be completed in three visits or less. But can these thin shells of porcelain also prevent tooth decay? Keep reading for the answer to the question, “Can you get cavities with veneers?”

True or False: You Can Get Cavities with Veneers

Simply put, the answer is “yes.” Although dental materials like porcelain cannot decay, the underlying teeth can. That’s why it’s so important that you take proactive steps to maintain your veneers and your teeth. If you don’t, a cavity can develop, and the veneer may need to be removed to provide the necessary treatment.

How to Maintain Your Veneers (& Your Teeth!)

Before you get discouraged, it’s important to remember that maintaining your veneers doesn’t require any special products or complicated oral hygiene regimens. With the following best practices, you can keep your smile healthy and beautiful:

  • Brush for two full minutes each morning and evening
  • Use the right products, like a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste free of abrasive ingredients
  • Floss and rinse with mouthwash daily
  • Keep foods and drinks with added sugar to a minimum
  • Avoid smoking, nail-biting, and other unhealthy dental habits

The Importance of Your Biannual Dental Visits

Many patients are unaware of how important their six-month dental checkups and cleanings really are. To begin, the examination portion of these visits ensure oral health problems (such as tooth decay and gum disease) are caught in the early stages. However, your dentist will also examine the condition of your veneers to ensure they are in tip-top shape. As for the cleaning portion, your dental hygienist or dentist will gently remove plaque and tartar build-up to help prevent dental issues from forming as well.

Although veneers can do wonders for the look and function of your smile, they can’t protect your teeth from cavities. Fortunately, maintaining optimal oral health isn’t difficult with veneers; simply implement a solid at-home oral hygiene routine, avoid unhealthy dental habits, and visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning!

About the Doctor

Dr. Corey Martinez’s studies began at Manchester College. Following graduation, he attended the Indiana University School of Dentistry, which is where he earned his dental doctorate. Passionate about continuing education, he maintains active memberships with professional organizations like the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of veneers, the treatment process, or how to maintain them, don’t hesitate to visit his website or call (317) 846-3431 to schedule a consultation!

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