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Can You Get Cavities While Having Porcelain Veneers?

white haired woman points to her porcelain veneers with both fore fingers

Porcelain veneers are thin coverings that go over your teeth to give them a great appearance. With veneers, many people are able to smile with more confidence than ever before. Damaged or deeply-stained teeth can look perfectly white thanks to these applications. If you get veneers, are those teeth still vulnerable to cavities?

Veneers Don’t Prevent Cavities

Veneers are all about the aesthetic. If you have very stained teeth; chipped teeth; or slightly-misshapen or misaligned teeth, veneers can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. However, veneers don’t have any special cavity-preventing powers. You can absolutely still get cavities if you have veneers. The porcelain coverings get attached to your natural teeth with dental cement, and while the veneer material itself won’t decay, all the organic material around it still can. Plaque and tartar-causing bacteria still eat the food you eat, produce acid, and try to break down your teeth and gums. Veneers don’t prevent that process; only good oral hygiene can.

Preventing Cavities When You Have Veneers

If you have veneers, no special treatment is needed to care for those specific teeth. A solid oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing (and whatever else we recommend for your specific needs) keeps both the veneers and your natural teeth in the best shape possible.

Getting Veneers in San Antonio, TX

Here at South Texas Smiles, we always make sure dental veneers look and fit as naturally as possible, so removing a bit of your enamel might be necessary. We offer both traditional porcelain veneers and dental lumineers, which are similar to traditional, but thinner. Like with porcelain veneers, your dental lumineers don’t make the attached tooth resistant to cavities, so continuing your oral hygiene routine and seeing the team at South Texas Smiles for regular checkups is a must.

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