Do You Have To Brush Veneers?

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can give people the smile they’ve always wanted.

If you are dealing with:

  • Severe dental staining
  • Irregularly sized teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Minor tooth cracks or chips

Then, great news! Veneers can effectively address all these issues.

However, even if you do get veneers in Windsor, it doesn’t mean you can relax when it comes to your oral hygiene routine. You’ll still need to brush your teeth every single day.

Here’s why:

How Veneers Work

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that gets bonded to the front surface of a natural tooth to change its appearance. A dentist will shave a tiny amount of enamel to create a rougher texture, which allows the veneer to bond with the tooth and remain in place.

The bond is so strong that you can speak and eat with veneers on without fearing they will fall off! Plus, with the right maintenance, your new smile can last for 10-15 years, maybe even more.

Why You Need to Brush Veneers

Before getting your procedure, the dentist will give you a list of maintenance tips you’ll have to follow to properly maintain your new smile.

This list includes brushing your teeth and veneers at least 2 times a day, but preferably after every meal.

The reason is simple: veneers don’t protect your teeth from cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues. Unlike dental crowns, which cover the entire tooth, veneers leave the rest of your teeth exposed to food particles and bacteria found in the mouth.

What Happens If You Don’t Brush Veneers?

Porcelain cannot develop cavities or stain easily, but your natural teeth can.

By not brushing your teeth, you can still develop common oral health issues such as cavities, tooth infections, gum disease, and others. If that happens, you may need to remove the veneers so that the dentist can treat your natural teeth, then replace them later.

Also, natural teeth can stain, leading to an uneven smile if you don’t brush your teeth regularly. Many foods and drinks like coffee are known for easily staining teeth.

What to Do to Care for Veneers

Apart from regular brushing, you should also:

  • Floss every night, before bed
  • Use fluoride products
  • Drink tap water after you eat
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to increase saliva
  • Reduce your consumption of staining and hard foods
  • See the dentist regularly for routine consultations and cleanings

Interested in Veneers? We Can Help!

Dr. Daniel Banks, and Dr. Jacob Dunham are here to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted through veneers or other effective cosmetic dental procedures.

Find out if veneers are right for you by scheduling a visit to Water Valley Dental!

To find out more about veneers or our other services, feel free to call us at (970) 460-8989 for a chat!

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