Do You Have To Brush Veneers?

Do You Have To Brush Veneers?

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help improve a variety of cosmetic issues, such as:

With proper maintenance, veneers can last around 10-15 years before they need to be replaced. One of the most common questions patients have before getting this procedure is whether they need to brush their veneers.

Here is the definitive answer.

How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that gets bonded to the front surface of the natural tooth. Many patients confuse veneers with dental crowns, which are caps that cover the entirety of the natural tooth.

Think of veneers as new “faces” for your teeth. They are mostly considered cosmetic procedures, but they can help strengthen a tooth that’s worn down, slightly cracked, or chipped.

Do You Need to Brush Your Veneers?

Veneers don’t need to be brushed, as the porcelain material is highly stain-resistant and is not at risk for developing cavities and other types of dental damage. However, you can’t say the same about your natural teeth.

Since veneers only cover the front of your teeth, it means your natural teeth are still exposed to the food particles and bacteria inside the mouth. By not brushing, you are increasing your risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth infections.

What Happens If You Damage Your Natural Teeth with Veneers On?

Good oral hygiene is one of the best things you can do to prolong the lifespan of your veneers.

But let’s assume you get a cavity or even gum disease after getting your veneers in Farragut. What happens then?

Well, there are two possibilities.

Sometimes, the dentist may be able to treat the tooth or the gum infection without disturbing your veneer, but this very much depends on whether the dentist has easy access to the dental damage.

Most times, the dentist will need to remove veneers, treat the tooth, and then re-attach a new veneer.

How to Care for Veneers

Apart from regular brushing and flossing, you can also:

These tips will help you enjoy your new smile for decades!

Interested in Veneers? Come to Confident Smiles & Implants

Veneers may be an excellent way to improve the look of your smile. But are they the right procedure for you?

Find out the answer by seeing Dr. Luis or Dr. Tori Mariusso for a short consultation!

To get started, request a visit online, or call us at (865) 248-2312 for more information about our services.