What Happens to My Teeth After Getting a Veneer?
Porcelain veneers are an incredible way to address all types of cosmetic concerns. If you’re considering this treatment to enhance your smile, you might be wondering, “How do I protect and care for my teeth after veneers are placed?” At Beach City Dental in Huntington Beach, CA, we take special care to educate our patients about this specific topic. In many ways, your oral hygiene will remain the same, but it’s important to take a closer look at some key differences. Let’s dive deeper into veneer care.
What Happens After Getting a Veneer Placed?
In many ways, your smile will be the same–only a better version. Because many teeth that receive veneers will need to be modified, you might experience some sensitivity but it should fade in the days after the procedure is completed. You should stay away from very hard, crunchy, or sticky foods that could dislodge your veneers. Overall, though, your veneers are strong and durable. Now, let’s look at some related questions.
Will I Always Need to Have Veneers?
In most cases, the answer to this question is yes. But that’s because most practices only offer traditional veneers. Traditional veneers require a somewhat substantial amount of enamel to be removed, so your teeth will look too small and be very sensitive without a restoration.
Our Huntington Beach practice is unique because we offer two (potentially reversible) alternatives: minimal-prep and no-prep veneers. Depending on the amount of preparation that is needed, you might be able to go without veneers if you wish in the future.
Can I Still Get Cavities With Veneers?
Many of our patients are under the impression that teeth with veneers will never develop cavities. Unlike dental crowns, which cover teeth down to the gumline, veneers only cover the front surface of a treated tooth. This means the entire back portion is still susceptible to cavities. Keep in mind that even the enamel directly under the veneer (and this goes for dental crowns too) can develop decay if you have poor oral hygiene.
Protect Your Teeth With Exams and At-Home Care
We hope you already take good care of your smile at home and visit the dentist twice a year. If you don’t, getting veneers is an excellent reason to start.
How Exams Can Maintain Veneers
During a check-up, we will closely examine each veneer for hairline cracks or damage that might not be immediately apparent. We can also check for leaks along the edge, which could result in discoloration and increase your risk of developing decay. We’ll thoroughly clean your teeth and restorations during these appointments, setting you up for success at home.
Oral Hygiene at Home
Veneers can be cared for like natural teeth with a few slight adjustments. Be sure to floss at least once a day. And when it comes to brushing your teeth:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Choose a non-abrasive toothpaste
- Make sure to brush gently
These tips will ensure your veneers don’t become scratched or damaged. There’s also a polish on veneers that could fade without the proper precautions.
Schedule a Veneer Consultation to Learn More
Veneers are surprisingly easy to care for but you do need to commit to these tips. During a consultation at our Huntington Beach office, we can evaluate whether you’re a good candidate and provide more detailed aftercare instructions. Contact our office today to get started on achieving your best smile yet.