Porcelain veneers do a wonderful job of covering imperfections, such as staining, cracks and gaps in teeth. It is a common dental procedure with an extremely high success rate. One question some patients may have is about cavities forming behind the veneer. While this is possible, it is not very likely.
Porcelain veneers are bonded in such a way that food particles and plaque cannot easily get underneath. However, if you do not take proper care of your veneers, cavities can potentially form, which may lead to complications and require additional dental treatment to address.
Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers
The best way to care for your porcelain veneers is to treat them like your natural teeth. Brushing after every meal and snack or at least twice a day, and flossing at least once daily is recommended. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching or cracking your veneers as cracks can allow bacteria to get underneath and increase your risk of cavities. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol because this can loosen the dental bonding holding your veneers in place.
Your porcelain veneers will be carefully inspected during your routine maintenance exam to ensure there are no defects. X-rays can help Dr. Whitmore and his team to see if any decay has formed beneath the veneer and is impacting the tooth. If this occurs, appropriate steps will be taken to treat the issue as it develops.
Porcelain veneers will last many years when treated properly. However, if you notice any changes, feel free to call our office for a consultation.
If you would like to find out more about porcelain veneers and their care, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.